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.
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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.
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 be verbal or written, Can challenge or promote a learner’s potential. A question bank can be devised so that the same questions can be used on several learners. Can test critical arguments or thinking and reasoning skills, oral questions suit some learners more than others.
Limitations: elements of questioning that can worry learners so a differentiated approach is essential, Closed questions only give a yes or no answer, If the same questions are given to all learners, they could share the answers, Expected answers or grading criteria need to be produced beforehand to ensure consistency in marking. Questions may be need to be rephrased if learners are struggling with the understanding and answering the question. Written answers may not be the learner’s responses.
Strengths: can provide invaluable practice of work place situations that the learner will need to learn in a safe and patient environment before progressing to a real work place scenario. Useful when it is not possible to carry out a task for real.
Limitations: learners having a limited inauthentic experience of the full realistic scenario they are being trained for and may therefore not take the situation as seriously. Only enables an assessment of a hypothetical situation, and is not usually accepted as evidence.