2.1 Understanding Different Type of Assessment Methods

• Observation
Strengths: allows a chance to view the student’s communication and professional team-skills rating their understanding verbally/ physically in a professional context. Video recording can be done which would then provide opportunity for the student to review the work for developmental purposes whilst providing the Assessor with an opportunity to capture engagement with the learner in questioning throughout a set task. Learners can make a mistake enabling them to realise their errors. Can assess several aspects of a qualification at the same time.

Limitations: The suitability of video recording evidence must of course be appropriate for the setting e.g. recording learners under 18/ in a public space.
Timing must be arranged to suit each learner and the client, Communication with others eg employers must take place. Questions need to be asked to confirm the learners understanding of the services been carried out.   The learners may put on an act in front of the assessor which isn’t how the learner may normally perform.

• Witness testimony
Strengths: is an invaluable way of capturing evidence of learners engaged in practical tasks and can be evidenced with video of the learner using skills and reflecting on their practice. This needs to be coupled with written/ witness authentication cross-referenced with the criteria the activity is addressing. The witness can confirm competence or achievements for situations which might not regularly occur, or when the assessor cannot be present.

Limitations: Is the amount of work needed (statements/ videos etc.) to prove the learners understanding. The assessor must confirm the suitability and authenticity of any statements.   The witness may not fully understand the content of the learner’s statements.

• Questions
Strengths: is a quick way to check on learning and ensure a learner is engaged and content with the objective being developed. Can be multiple choice, short or essay type questions, Can...