Different assessment methods available

And finally on to T7, where we wrap up the theory assignments. They are all listed on the Ptlls assignments page if you need a different one.

Level 3 – State the different assessment methods available and explain the ones you would use for your subject area, including reference to initial assessment. Recommended word count 300-500 words.

Level 4 – Review a range of different assessment methods available and explain the ones you would use for your subject area. Evaluate the use of assessment methods in different contexts, including reference to initial assessment. Recommended word count 400-600 words.

Eek, assessment. It strikes fear in to people’s hearts. Even just writing about it. But if you just break the question down and take it bit by bit it’ll be fine.

Different assessment methods available

Yet again with Ptlls we are learning by doing. Ptlls is primarily made up of two types of formal assessment: these theory essays and the practical “doing” assignments. Exams and essays are well known and understood so I won’t go in to that, but rather focus on some of the less formal assessments going on all the time. These should all have been in evidence throughout your lessons and your tutor may well have pointed them out and drawn attention to them.

  • Personal: self evaluation, self marking, reflective work.
  • Small groups: peer evaluation, peer marking, pair work, group work.
  • Larger groups: presentations, discussions.
  • Tutor: question and answers, brainstorming, pop quiz, recapping.

Just showing an understanding of something beyond the realms of essays and exams is going to help.

The ones you would use for your subject area

This is another nice chance for you to talk about your specialism or fantasy-specialism. The different subjects and different learning environments lend themselves to different types of assessment. So look at the different types of assessment and think about what fits. For history written essays and presentations are always staples of assessment but I can’t imagine a written essay working well for testing someone’s ability to play the guitar.

Assessment methods in different contexts

Touched on above about the specialism I think this is the part less about the subject and more about the learning environment and exactly what is being assessed. Again look at the different types of assessment you have covered and think about your future learning environment – especially if it is not classroom based. The wording here is that you have to evaluate. So you can say “well in the workshop a written multiple choice quiz isn’t going to be as good as a question and answer sessions to make sure everyone has understood”. You’ve taken two methods, thought about the context and evaluated them within that context.

Reference to initial assessment

Lewis Carroll said that if you don’t know where you are going any road will get you there. Initial assessment adds that even if you have a fixed point on a map to get to if you don’t know where you are starting from you don’t know which directions to take. As you started the course you should have undergone some sort of initial assessment. Maybe you did a maths and English test on the computer. My group did a piece of free writing on our experiences of education. This will pick up potential issues such a learning difficulties and dyslexia which gives tutors vital information about their students.

It is a cause of much head scratching and wringing of hands in FE as to how to best use initial assessment, which of the various vendors to go with, who to train to administer assessments, how to best use the results and so on. It is a very real and relevant issue.

Level 3 and 4

This assignment probably has the biggest difference between level 3 and 4. There’s the usual swapping of words but also a whole separate section about the different contexts, which is covered above rather than here. If nothing else you’ll want the word count: the top end of level 4 is double the low limit of level three!

Some of the key definitions:

State: express something definitely or clearly in speech or writing

Review: assess (something) formally with the intention of instituting change if necessary: survey or evaluate (a subject or past events)

Evaluate: form an idea of the amount, number, or value of; assess

Okay! Hope that helped. Drop a comment if you have anything to add. All the other Ptlls assignments are also covered, so check them out if you need.


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