Six students met at Acacia Ridge today to present and critique project briefs assisted by Vikki, Peter and Rob. For me, it was a most useful exercise in clarifying my project, as well as gaining insight into how I might plan and evaluate my progress. I was able to compare my project with other students’ ideas which further assisted me to make connections and contrast my methods of research.
My project so far…
Mobilizing VET – Towards Paperless Assessment
Current assessment practice at SkillsTech Australia relies heavily on assessors visiting workplaces, and apprentices attending TAFE on-campus. Assessor vehicle trips to site are excessive, as are apprentice hours spent in TAFE classrooms and workshops. Students are frustrated at repeating practical tasks (normally carried out at work) in the TAFE workshop, and assessors waste time visiting distant work sites where apprentices are carrying out repetitive tasks using a narrow range of skills. Students face either a delay in getting to TAFE due to heavy bookings, or long periods between visits due to limited assessor availability.
Development of an institute-wide process whereby a transformation of the current paper-based assessment practice into a type of paperless assessment model takes place by students recording their activities on video, uploading the video files into a secure storage system, and then sharing the video files with an assessor. File sharing is followed by “competency conversations” in which the assessor engages the student and directs further video evidence gathering, until sufficient material is gathered for judgement to be made about the student’s level of competence. The video recording is carried out by the student under supervision in the workplace, presenting validity in an authentic workplace setting. Ideally, the workplace supervisor is qualified in Cert IV Training and Assessment.
Triple Bottom Line (Environment, Economy, Social)
The three TBL aspects of sustainability are addressed in this project:
Unnecessary vehicle use is reduced due to efficiencies in communications between assessor and student.
Assessor time is efficiently managed; Student time is efficiently managed
Student engagement in practical tasks is increased; Student satisfaction in the course is heightened; Student outcomes are strengthened
- The Mediasite server is used to store and stream Videolinq presentations for teaching and professional development – it is limited to teaching resources
- The Web server at SkillsTech Australia (Acacia Ridge) has been identified as having sufficient space to host video files – there is insufficient management to guarantee security and data organisation
- BlueDog Training provides onsite and online training for construction apprentices – there is no provision for video assessment
This project addresses elements of the SkillsTech Australia Strategic Plan 2008-11:
- Leadership and positioning
- Products and services
- Our people
- Our business systems
- Our clients
- Environmental sustainability
Using rich digital media to asses and train apprentices and RPOL candidates in a user owned and operated secure portfolio – engaging students and assessing their competency in a supervised, authentic work environment.
Comments and questions
- TAFE attendance builds social skills- What is the impact of denying access to face-to-face training for students?
- Recording and manipulation of digital media requires extant skills
- The paper based system works – why change it?
- Cost savings must be quantified
- What is the likelihood of threats from more agile organizations who are likely to easily adapt to using this system for their own business activities?
S: Ease of use
W: Some training required
T: Other similar projects in more agile organizations; Resistance to change
- SkillsTech SET (Directors)
- Streamfolio portfolio product developers
- STA Electrotechnology team
- STA Skills Recognition team
- STA workplace assessors
- STA teachers
- STA Facilities vehicle management officer
- The community
- Learning about project management techniques
- Learning about techniques used to evaluate a project: