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Load, Juggle, Implement: Powerful teaching and assessment design (Webinar Series)

28 May, 4 & 11 June 2020

Looking for powerful teaching and assessment design strategies?

For ways to improve your learning and assessment to ensure it maximises student engagement, recall and retention?

This webinar series is for you!

Understand the theories relating to working memory, assessment design and retrieval practices to discover and apply the most powerful teaching and assessment design strategies.

This new, three-part webinar series will explore Cognitive Load Theory, Assessment Design Techniques, and Retrieval Practice. These strategies are known to boost the quality of student interaction, recollection and engagement with the training and assessment you provide.

 Join Tony Kirton, one of Velg Training’s most engaging presenters and discover how using proven strategies to enhance your learning and assessment development and application.

Key topics covered within the webinar series

Session 1: Cognitive Load Theory: Its impact on learning and assessment design (This live session has already occurred however the recording is available to view as part of the purchase of the series)

Described by leading British educationalist Dylan Wiliam as ‘the single most important thing for teachers to know’, Cognitive Load Theory (CLT) explores how the limitations of working memory must be considered in any approach to instructional design. Going beyond the theory, CLT provides empirically supported advice for designing instruction in a way that is consistent with what we know about how the brain works in 2020. In short, CLT is the ‘bread and butter’ of today’s instructional or assessment designer and a must know for those in education.

During this webinar Tony will:

  • Explain what cognitive load theory is and why you should be incorporating its principles into your designs.
  • Discuss some of American psychologist Richard E Mayer’s principles of Cognitive Load Theory and how they relate to learning and assessment design.
  • Outline specific strategies for implementing CLT into your designs, and how to build in strategies for reducing cognitive load.

Session 2: Beyond compliance: Juggling the 3 balls of Assessment Design - 4th June 2020

Well-designed assessment tools are the cornerstone of a compliant assessment system and strongly influence the overall student experience.

We’ve all seen, used or heard of assessment tools that are either non-compliant, detract from the student experience, create organisational inefficiency and/or fall short of quality assessment standards.

 In this webinar, Tony will explore the juggling act that is assessment design and discuss strategies to move beyond compliance. We’ll focus on two key areas of assessment design; effective assessment instructions and writing great assessment questions.  Tony will reveal:

  • Six elements of quality assessment instructions, why you should include them and examples to get you started.
  • The simple, but often missed answer to the question of when multiple choice can be used in VET assessment design.
  • Three techniques to improve the quality, reliability and validity of your assessment questions.

Session 3: Retrieval Practice: Strategies to implement it into your next program - 11th June 2020

Retrieval Practice is one of the most effective strategies for promoting retention and recall, yet it has seen slow take up in some areas of education.

Easy to implement and with low design costs, this evidence-based learning strategy is one that leading universities have been embracing with positive results. For improved assessment results and increased student satisfaction ratings, retrieval practice is a learning strategy that is a “must do” in 2020.

 In this webinar Tony will discuss:

  • What retrieval practice is and why it is so effective.
  • Some of the parameters of retrieval practice, what makes it most effective and the pitfalls to avoid.
  • Different levels of complexity involved in retrieval and how to use them to keep your students at their best.
  • A suggested retrieval schedule based on the work of retrieval research pioneer Piotr Woźniak, founder of language learning application SuperMemo.

NB. Can't make the sessions?
We send out all electronic resources to registrants within 48 hours of the series closure. All Velg Training Webinars are scheduled in AEST (QLD time) - please check your timezone before logging onto the online training session.

Dates & Time

28 May, 4 & 11 June 2020
11:00am - 12:00pm (AEST: QLD)

Other timezones:
11:00am - 12:00pm (AEST: NSW, ACT, VIC, TAS)
10:30am - 11:30am (ACST: SA)
10:30am - 11:30am (ACST: NT)
9:00am - 10:00am (AWST: WA)

Who should attend

  • Trainers and Assessors
  • Training Managers
  • L & D Managers
  • Consultants
  • Course Content Developers

What to expect

Presented by Tony Kirton, you will be provided with the following resources after the webinar series:

  • PowerPoint
  • Recording of the webinar (three months access)
  • Additional electronic resources
  • Electronic Statement of Attendance (must have attended all 3 sessions)


Tony Kirton


Tony Kirton is an instructional designer and workshop facilitator with more than ten years’ experience in learning and development. Founder and senior designer at resource design consultancy Engage Learning and Development (formerly DES Learning), which contracts to the public and private sector, Tony develops traditional learning programs as well as e-learning using Articulate Storyline. Tony has extensive experience in the application of learning design theory, having designed many training programs and hundreds of assessment resources.

Tony’s recent instructional projects include major programs for:

  • NSW Health - A six-module e-learning program for frontline managers
  • SafeWork NSW - Update of General Construction Induction (White Card) assessment materials and redesign of the five-day Health and Safety Representative Training, both mandated for use by SafeWork NSW
  • Australasia International School - Designing learning tools for Diplomas of Leadership and Management and Project Management, specifically for students with English as a second language.

Known for his engaging and evidence-based approach to workplace learning, Tony also facilitates training and assessment with some of Australia’s leading training providers including the Australian Institute of Management, NSW Health and SafeWork NSW.

Continuing to extend his expertise and keep up-to-date with the latest practices in learning and development, Tony recently completed a four-month leadership program with the University of Michigan. He is currently completing an Instructional Design and Technology MicroMasters program with the University of Maryland (USA).

Opportunities to interact

  • Use a microphone to speak with trainer/attendees
  • Raise your 'virtual hand' to engage in discussion
  • Share your thoughts via online chat window
  • Answer online polls that provide instant group feedback

NB. If you would like to send chat questions to the presenter, Tony Kirton, before the session, please email

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