Work-based Assessment: Exploring the Challenge of Consistency

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The Work-based Assessment (WBA) webinar “Exploring the Challenge of Consistency” takes place at 12-1pm on 14 October. This is the second event in the 2020 national series of events and engagements from the National Forum and partner, QQI. During the first webinar some main key challenges were identified by the participants, i.e. consistency/reliability, feedback, authenticity. The most common theme identified was consistency and reliability in the work experience context.

This latest event from this WBA partnership aims to explore what is meant by the term ‘consistency’ in work-based assessment. It will examine if the causes of inconsistency differ in the varied placement contexts. Attendees will also explore what are student experiences of consistency and will also consider how the sector addresses the area of consistency going forward, initial thoughts.

The third event in the 2020 WBA event series will be a national symposium focused on Practice and Policies – Actions for Sectoral Change.

The series, including two webinars and one national symposium, will explore critical issues and potential solutions across a range of work-based learning contexts, as follows:

Date Event
17 June, 2020

2-3pm

Webinar

Work-based Assessment: Shared Challenges and Opportunities

14 October, 2020

12-1pm

Webinar

Work-based Assessment: Exploring the Challenge of Consistency

19 November 2020

10am – 3pm

National Symposium

Work-Based Assessment: Practice and Policies – Actions for Sectoral Change

(This national symposium will be shaped by conversations and input from the preceding webinars.)

The event series will be of interest to those involved in work placement or work-based assessment, including: academic staff, careers officers, students, employers, internship managers, educational developers/technologist and those involved in managing apprenticeships, work experience placements and professional placements.

All participants are encouraged to contribute to a learning community space to continue the discussions between events from this new series to debate key issues, share practice and appropriate scholarship.

This event series builds on the two-year enhancement theme of the National Forum, which ran from 2016 to 2018 with a stream focused specifically on work-based assessment, which resulted in a National Forum Insight dedicated to the topic, available here. QQI’s 2018 Green Paper on Assessment of Learners and Learning and associated consultation event also included a focus on work-based assessment, which will inform the event series.

For more information on this event series, see here.