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TAE PD Week - Designing and Developing Assessment Tools for Competence - Part 2

2 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:

  • So much information that was useful to not just designing Assessment Tools, but using them.  (St John Ambulance Australia)
  • Great tactics and tips for assessment (R Hemtasilpa)
  • Enjoyed the ways of thinking about assessment design and what to look at in PCs (H McMullen)

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 focuses on the final two elements of the unit of competency TAEASS502 Design and develop assessment tools. Continuing with the design principles covered in Part One, this session will cover the development of assessment tools and how we ensure, through review and trial, that the tools meet that initial purpose established during the planning and designing stages.

The development and review stages bring our assessment designs to fruition as, once developed, these tangible, stand-alone entities represent the vision we had throughout those initial planning stages.  Ultimately our assessment tools must provide clearly instructed requirements for both students and assessors and enable the gathering of evidence that is valid, sufficient, authentic and current.  Without these things, our intended purpose cannot be achieved. 

Throughout this session, attendees will look at a range of key development considerations including:

  • the development of tool components and instruments that, when combined, create tools that support the rules of evidence;
  • assessment instructions for both students and assessors considering how tools not meeting the reliability assessment principle can ultimately impact upon the evidence gathered and decisions made;
  • how assessment tools fit within the RTO’s assessment system; and
  • how these tools meet their intended purpose.

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

  • Developing assessment tools and instruments
  • Embedding components that support the rules of evidence
  • Understanding tool reliability and potential implications
  • Ensuring tools are fit for purpose
  • Reviewing and trailing assessment

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

2 December 2020
11:00am - 12:00pm (AEST: QLD)

Other timezones:
12:00pm - 1:00pm (AEDT: NSW, ACT, VIC, TAS)
11:30am - 12:30pm (ACDT: SA)
10:30am - 11:30am (ACST: NT)
9:00am - 10:00am (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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