Principles of Learning in the Lifelong Learning Sector

Units 407 Principles of assessment in lifelong learning  
Assessment is an important part of the learning journey, it reveals the learners ability level, competency level as well as identifying gaps in learning and revealing any possible support needs.
Assessment can take place at different stages of the learning process, and can be for different purposes as there are different types of assessment and methods in which to implement them.
Initial assessment usually takes place at the beginning of the course or pre course to obtain information about the learner’s skills and knowledge to date, as well as identifying learning and support needs.’ As well as understanding
 “Initial assessment involves the collection of a wide range of information to form a coherent picture of the individual. This information should be used to place them on an appropriate pre-vocational or vocational learning programme which matches their skills, knowledge and abilities, in an appropriate occupational area and to draw up a learning plan which addresses their individual needs.”(Department for Education and Employment: Good Practice Series)
Formative assessment helps the teacher see how the learners are progressing it is an ongoing method of assessment and helps the teacher know if learners have understood the topic/information before moving on to another subject. It indicates the effectiveness of the teaching and learning. It normally occurs during a course. Formative assessment can be undertaken in various ways such as exercises or activities that require learners to fill in the missing information or through peer feedback as a way of testing themselves on what they have learnt.
Summative assessment is carried out at the end of each module of the course or at the end of the course itself, a summative assessment usually takes place in the form of an exam, no feedback is usually given.
There are many different assessment methods that can be used, In my workshops that I...