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Some Observations on Observation

20 October 2021

Observation is a powerful method of gathering direct evidence, but it does have its problems. As an Assessor, you can observe people and products, but you can’t observe thinking or attitudes. You can only make inferences about them, and inferences are not reliable sources of evidence.

However, you can observe behaviour!

Well-developed assessment instruments are critical to ensuring that the evidence gathered is valid and reliable.  So, what do we need to look for in a well-developed observation assessment tool?

Join John Dwyer this October to take a deeper look into all things Observation.This session explores observation as an evidence gathering technique, it’s different forms, strengths and weaknesses, associated compliance issues as well as observations in the workplace during COVID-19 restrictions.

If you are looking for PD specifically designed to increase your knowledge and practice of observation assessment, this webinar is one not to be missed!

Key topics covered within the webinar

This very popular 2021 National VET Conference session with John Dwyer will consider:

  • Observation and evidence and what can be observed
  • Observation of people and their behaviours, including strengths and weaknesses
  • Observation by proxy (using other parties) including compliance issues associated with this practice
  • Observation of products, photographs, video (including potential problems)
  • Observation on site - RPL and dealing with COVID-19 Restrictions
  • Observation checklists, including good and bad assessment instruments

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

Date & Time

20 October 2021
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

  • Trainers/Assessors
  • Training Managers
  • Instructional Designers
  • Curriculum Developers
  • Assessment designers
  • Anyone developing or using Observation as an Assessment method

What to expect

Presented by John Dwyer, you will be provided with the following resources after the event:

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


John Dwyer


John Dwyer is a national VQF/AQTF trainer/assessor and consultant with experience in education and training spanning more than 60 years. He brings extensive Registered Training Organisation (RTO) experience and has a comprehensive history in developing and delivering a range of workshops and webinars on assessment, compliance, Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), moderation and validation processes relating to VQF/AQTF compliance.


Wednesday, 20 October 2021

10:45am (AEST: QLD) - 11:00am (AEST: QLD) Registration
11:00am (AEST: QLD) - 12:00pm (AEST: QLD) Webinar

Opportunities to interact

  • Use a microphone to speak with trainer/attendees (Not available in all Webinars)
  • 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 John Dwyer before the session, please email

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