The assessor role is changing. This changing assessor role is best demonstrated by two recent articles I read.
In an article published on the FE News website called “The changing role of the assessor in apprenticeships”, Hilary Read argues that:
“You (assessors) need to ensure that your own occupational competence and knowledge are up-to-date. This is to ensure you have the right skills and knowledge to remain credible to employers. Employers involved in apprenticeships are already taking the assessment function in-house. You may need to go back into industry to remain employable.”
Euan Blair, writing for Unifrog about a year ago, said this:
“The current shift from apprenticeship frameworks (narrow, didactic qualifications that suited a generic approach to delivery), to apprenticeship standards (flexible, employer-designed qualifications that match skills gaps), should be hugely supportive of this endeavour. Currently, too many assessors lack sufficient relevant experience to deliver a truly modern, work-based qualification. A particular concern is the number of assessors who are so far removed from the latest developments in their sector that they are ill-equipped to deal with crucial technological developments. Attracting top quality professionals to deliver apprenticeships is not straightforward, but a significant selling point will be the chance to teach university level qualifications, as will working with employers in a sector they know well to develop innovative content and delivery methods. This development could bring with it a new generation of outstanding teachers/assessors.”
Business as usual for assessors will just not cut it.
So, how should assessors prepare for the coming changes? Here are a few suggestions:
- Find out about the apprentice standards in the sector you are interested in. A good place to start would be the government website on standards.
- Expand your skills by taking courses offered by entiies like Edx, Future Learn and Coursera.
- Gain practical experience. I built this website to improve my SEO and E-commerce Skills.
Vocational Online is a free resource site for assessors and apprentices. Improve the career prospects of your colleagues by sending them this link – https://www.vocationalonline.com/about/ .
This is often a 2-mark question in Functional Skills English Level 1.
Learners sometimes record videos as part of their evidence collection; these videos are then uploaded either by the learner or the assessor to an e-portfolio or eLearning system. If the video is too large, this may not work. One of my colleagues had a similar problem and asked for help on how to compress video files recorded by her learners. This short document will show you how to compress learner video files:
- Go to https://handbrake.fr/
- Download Handbrake
- Click on Save File
- Doubleclick and Install
- Click Yes to everything
- Start Handbrake
Pick Singlesource (for your work, we will batch the whole thing)
- Pick these settings
- You want to send emails to all your learners in a class or cohort.
- Each email should be personal
Most tutors would reach for Outlook and send individual emails. While this may be a good idea for sending 5 emails, it quickly becomes a pain if you send 20 emails? This article will show you how to do this without sending 20 individual emails.
Outlook should be open
- Enter the email addresses and names as shown in the attached spreadsheet (emails.xlsx)
- Start Word
- Switch to Mailings ribbon
- Click on Start Mail Merge
- Pick E-Mail Messages from the drop down list
- Click on the Select Recipients List
Pick Choose Existing List
- Browse and pick your emails.xlsx file and click OK
- Start by composing the body of your message in Word.
- Now customise by positioning your cursor where you want something to go and select “Insert Merge Field”
- Save your work as usual – here I called it mailtasks.docx
- Switch to the Mailings Ribbon again
- Click on the Finish and Merge Menu
- Select Send Email Messages
- Add a subject line
- Click OK
- Always add yourself to the list to see how it works
- Start Microsoft Excel and enter the following numbers in cells C2, C3, D2,D3, E2,E3, F2, F3
- Then write without quotes “Add” in C1, “Subtract” in D1, “Multiply” in E1 and “Divide” in F1. Write “Result” in B4 You should have something like this:
- Now to add two numbers in Excel, enter = in cell C4, and select C2 , then + and then select C3
- Then press enter. You should see the result:
To subtract, enter = in cell D4, then select D2, then the minus sign (-), and select D3
- Then press Enter. You should get the result (highlighted)
- To multiply, enter = in cell E4, then select E2, then the multiply sign (*) – above the number 8, and select E3
- Then press Enter and you should get the results (highlighted)
- To divide, enter = in cell F4, then select F2, then the divide sign (/) – below the question mark ?, and select F3
- Then press Enter and you get the results (highlighted):