Principles of Assessment in Lifelong Learning

Principles of assessment in lifelong learning

Numerous assessment methods are available within the learning environment.   We will discuss some of these methods that I feel are the most important and beneficial.
It is important that the demands and benefits of undertaking the learning are explained to candidates at the earliest opportunity to help motivate them to achieve the qualification.  

Examples of Assessment methods and their strengths and
weaknesses in terms of Validity, Reliability, Authenticity and Sufficiency

Assessment Methods |         Strengths |         Weaknesses |
Candidate Report | The learner is able to demonstrate their ability by writing the evidence to an answer in a form of a report that underpins their knowledge of the question.   | No two reports are the same - Unless observed writing it then authenticity can be questioned. Learner’s may “copy & paste from the internet” or use other learners evidence. |
Q & A’s | Involves the learners. Key questions can be pre-planned.Feedback on quality of learning is gained. Specific answers can be given to cover the unit standards (reliable). Direct Q&A’s   is most reliable. | Not all learners may want to participate in Q & A’s due to confidence with talking in a group. Reflectors do not suit this method and you may need a larger group. Voluntary Q&A’s are unreliable to assess learners progress. |
Oral Questioning | Ensures understandingof the learner’s knowledge. It is primary source of first hand information- reliable evidence from the learner. | The learner may not cope well with being questioned on the spot. They may not be functioning at that particular time and may not remember the information. The learner may be better at writing things down, rather than verbal answering. |

Assessment Methods |         Strengths |         Weaknesses |
Discussion | Involves the learners- student centred, encourages deep learning,...