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TAE PD Week - Designing and Developing Assessment Tools for Competence - Part 1

1 December 2020

This webinar is part of our very popular TAE PD Week which is being repeated in 2020 due to popular demand!

To find out more about TAE PD Week Click here

Feedback from past attendees of this webinar:

  • Gave me lots to think about in terms of providing assessment (since I'm not really able to design assessments). But this helped me understand all the tools and instruments better and how to use them to better contextualise and provide reasonable adjustment.  (St John Ambulance Australia (NSW))

  • It took my awareness of aspects of design and development to the next level  (John Forrest Secondary College)

About this Webinar 

When it comes to designing and developing assessments a range of skills are required to visualise, address and implement practices and methods that give learners the best opportunities to achieve competence.

Join Melanie Alexandra for this webinar as she unpacks the essential design requirements of the unit of competency TAEASS502 Design and develop assessment tools.   Looking at the most common design misconceptions, this session will focus on why RTO assessment authors have difficulties creating compliant tools and resources, often resulting in non-compliant outcomes at audit.

Being the first of two sessions, attendees will concentrate initially on elements one and two from this unit which cover determining what the focus of the assessment is and actually designing the tool. An Assessor’s essential planning begins at this stage as he/she underpins the end goals and how each tool plays a part in enabling students to achieve those competent outcomes. 

Attend this webinar to:

  • gain a clear understanding behind the purpose of each assessment tool;
  • take a look at an assessment tool’s primary audience, purpose and context;
  • explore the methods and evidence gathering techniques applied;
  •  ensure that the tool adheres to the required assessment principles; and
  • look at how to correctly administer and use the tool.

The session will also address a clear set of design benchmarks to support a successful assessment development journey.

This session is for all VET assessors who use assessment tools and is irrespective of whether they are the primary author of those tools.  As RTOs are essentially responsible for their assessment systems and resources, whether developed by their own people or purchased from an externally developed source, this session covers the components which are essential for maintaining the compliance of those tools and contextualising them to meet and address student needs and outcomes.

Key topics covered within the webinar

  • Determining the focus of assessment tools
  • Understanding the primary audience
  • Designing assessment tools to enable competent outcomes
  • Using tools to direct and gather assessment evidence

NB. Can't make the session?
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Date & Time

1 December 2020
1:00pm - 2:00pm (AEST: QLD)

Other timezones:
2:00pm - 3:00pm (AEDT: NSW, ACT, VIC, TAS)
1:30pm - 2:30pm (ACDT: SA)
12:30pm - 1:30pm (ACST: NT)
11:00am - 12:00pm (AWST: WA)


Who should attend

This event has been specifically designed to assist Trainers & Assessors in professional development activities that maintain/upgrade and/or develop training and assessment practice. It would be suitable for:

  • Trainers
  • Assessors
  • Training Managers
  • VET Teachers
  • Curriculum Developers
  • Compliance Managers

What to expect

Presented by Melanie Alexandra, you will be provided with the following resources after the event:

  • PowerPoint
  • Recording of the webinar (three months access)
  • Additional electronic resources
  • Electronic Statement of Attendance


Melanie Alexandra


Melanie has held a variety of roles in both the Academic and VET sector over the past 25 years, winning awards for practice excellence in teaching and learning and outstanding leadership. As a Trainer and Assessor, Head of Faculty and Program Manager Melanie has authored and developed curriculum , delivered nationally recognised and accredited programs in schools, colleges and universities, and provided professional development workshops, webinars and online learning programs to training professionals. As an RTO Manager, Melanie has lead RTO teams and businesses from a critically non-compliant status to successful re-registration and as Head of Quality Assurance and Lead Verifier, worked extensively with regulatory bodies to ensure high standards of quality and compliance. Melanie was Senior Lead Auditor for the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority, conducting regulatory audits and registrations. She is now Velg Training's VET Consultant and Resource Developer.

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, Melanie Alexandra, before the session, please email

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