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Day 1 : Monday 14 March 2016

Day 1: Tuesday 14 March Day 2: Wednesday 15 March
10:00am - 11:00am

Training Packages in a Nutshell Tim Rawlings

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Tim Rawlings

Biography:

Tim Rawlings is the Head of Training Product Development at PwC's Skills for Australia. Tim's team is responsible for updating the Foundation Skills Training Package in 2017. Tim has 12 years' experience working in government and the private sector developing public policy, regulation and legislation including in VET, schools and early childhood.

Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) David Garner, General Manager, Regulatory Operations

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David Garner, General Manager, Regulatory Operations

Session Overview: 

This session, delivered by the Australia Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) will discuss the current hot issues in VET compliance.

Biography:

As General Manager Regulatory Operations in the Australian Skills Quality Authority, David has responsibility for implementing ASQA’s regulatory strategy nationally, including monitoring compliance of training providers and intending providers with the VET Quality Framework as well as the standards relating to delivery of training to overseas students, including intensive English courses.  Prior to the referral of powers that brought Queensland providers under ASQA’s jurisdiction, David was Director, Training Quality, in the Queensland Department of Education and Training.

Prior to joining the Queensland department in 2005, David worked in and managed training providers for many years.  David has been active in sports administration for over 30 years and sits on the board of the Queensland Fitness, Sport and Recreation Skills Alliance.

11:00am - 11:15am

15 min break

15 min break
11:15am - 12:00pm

Developing Effective Observation Checklists Carol Hunter

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Carol Hunter

Session Overview:

The observation checklist is used to directly observe whether the learner can demonstrate they have the ability to perform a task or tasks. To reduce subjectivity and improve consistency, checklists like any other assessment, provide the learner and assessor with essential information about the task/s, context, conditions, evidence requirements and decision making rules. 

All units of competency require performance to be assessed in some way/s. To assess performance the checklist will need to tease out the relevant:
  • Elements
  • Performance criteria
  • Performance evidence
  • Assessment conditions

Biography:

Carol is the Principal of RTO Services and Consulting. Her experience in management in the VET sector includes Director, Training Quality and Regulation, Manager, Audit Services and Manager, Training Secretariat to Training and Employment Recognition Council and Training Employment Board (Queensland) within the Department of Education and Training (Queensland).

Carol has worked in operational roles in both public and private RTOs, in policy and curriculum development, and as a secondary teacher.

Key Features of Quality Assessment Tools John Dwyer

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John Dwyer

Session Overview:

This session will look at:

  • official definitions of an assessment tool;
  • the ideal characteristics of an assessment tool and how these are linked to the principles of assessment and the rules of evidence; and
  • reviewing assessment tools before use.

It will draw heavily on the National Quality Council publication, Guide for Developing Assessment Tools, 2009.

Biography

John is a national AQTF/VET Quality Framework trainer and consultant with experience in education spanning more than 50 years. He brings extensive registered training organisation (RTO) experience, having a comprehensive history in developing and delivering a range of workshops on assessment tools, recognition of prior learning (RPL), moderation and validation processes relating to RTO compliance. 
John is currently working at Velg Training as a trainer/ consultant for the VET sector. Previously, he was the Manager of the Competency Assessment and Development Services of the Global Institute for Learning and Development (gild). John has been a pre-qualified AQTF consultant registered with Queensland’s Department of Education and Training (DET), and has also been employed on a contract basis through DET as the TAA/TAE Technical Advisor for Audits.
12:00pm - 12:45pm

Developing Clustered Assessment John Price

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Session Overview:

Clustering units of competency is a process that can enhance the training and assessment outcomes for students. Assessments can reflect realistic workplace tasks through the gathering of holistic evidence. This session has been designed to discuss the benefits of developing efficient and effective assessment tools for groups or clusters of units of competency and how to avoid the pitfalls associated with over or under assessing:

  • identifying units of competency within a qualification to cluster for assessment;
  • developing holistic assessment tools;
  • mapping across a cluster of units; and
  • making assessment judgements across a range of units.

Biography:

John has been an educator and trainer for over 36 years and in that time has worked as a Head of Department at TAFE, mentor, facilitator of national workshops covering delivery and assessment, risk management, auditing, leadership and interpersonal skill development.

John has been a keynote speaker at conventions and conferences, and maintained a grass roots level approach to dealing with people at all levels of the organisation.

He has also assisted over 300 organisations in Australia to achieve quality certification to the range of National Training Standards including: Standards for NVR Registered Training Organisations; Australian Quality Training Framework standards (AQTF from 2001 – 2010) Australian and International ISO9001 standards (AS/NZS and ISO from 1987 – 2008) and worked with them in establishing continuous improvement systems and strategies for both human and physical resource development.

Assessing in an Online Environment Francis Kneebone

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Francis Kneebone

Session Overview:

Sometimes good assessment tasks become watered down when they are translated into online space.  There is a lack of understanding about the types of online assessment methods available so many learning designers fall back on online quizzes as the main or only type of assessment.  An online course full of multiple choice questions is all too common, and in some cases that might be appropriate but there are many opportunities to deepen learning and measure higher level thinking by using other online assessment technologies and methods. 

This presentation will prepare you to:
  • Select online assessment tools and strategies with a blended learning approach
  • Make assessment design choices with digital assessment tools in the context of Blooms Digital Taxonomy
  • Be aware of other factors that affect digital assessment including data collection, privacy, validity, authentication and storage
Biography
 
Francis Kneebone is CEO, consultant and trainer with Cognition E-learning. He is an experienced Training Manager and E-learning developer and is passionate about the use of technology to enhance training and learning.
 
Cognition E-learning is pushing the boundaries in the area of 'point of need' training through mobile technology and delivering training in HTML5/CSS3/JS and other emerging technologies. Francis follows a Mobile-First approach to creating educational content and learning communities.

 

12:45pm - 1:15pm

30 min lunch break

30 min lunch break
1:15pm - 2:00pm

Assessment Evidence from Other Parties Carol Hunter

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Carol Hunter

Session Overview:

Assessment involves the collection of evidence and the making of a judgement (by an assessor). We can use other parties to collect a range of assessment evidence, in circumstances where otherwise the assessor might not be able to directly participate, as long as the processes we use to support the collection are robust.
 
We will use examples to look at those circumstances and the techniques for ensuring a robust process, including:
  • Providing good information to assist the collection
  • Providing quality materials that collect the required evidence in language that the other party can easily understand/interpret
  • Ensuring the other party understands their role in the collection process
  • Confirming the arrangements for authenticity of the evidence that will be produced by the learner

Biography:

Carol is the Principal of RTO Services and Consulting. Her experience in management in the VET sector includes Director, Training Quality and Regulation, Manager, Audit Services and Manager, Training Secretariat to Training and Employment Recognition Council and Training Employment Board (Queensland) within the Department of Education and Training (Queensland).

Carol has worked in operational roles in both public and private RTOs, in policy and curriculum development, and as a secondary teacher.

Mapping for Quality Assurance Kerri Buttery

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Kerri Buttery

Session Overview:

Ensuring your assessment covers the unit of competency it is assessing is a requirement of Clause 1.8 of the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015. The most straight forward way of ensuring and demonstrating this is through mapping the assessment against the unit. 

This session will explore:
  • Reasons for undertaking mapping processes
  • Mapping templates
  • Unit formats - traditional and streamlined
  • Unit-by-unit example
  • Clustered assessment example

Biography:

Kerri Buttery has worked in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector for over 17 years as a Trainer/Assessor, RTO Manager and also as a Senior Lead Auditor. Kerri has worked as a consultant for a range of organisations in the areas of establishing Registered Training Organisations (RTOs), conducting internal audits, consulting on VQF compliance, developing a number of accredited courses, convening state and national conferences, developing training and assessment materials, conducting professional development workshops and conducting Certificate IV in Training and Assessment workshops. She has authored several textbooks and has experience lecturing and tutoring at university. Kerri is currently employed by Velg Training as the Director of VET Content Development.

2:00pm - 2:45pm

Essential Components of the RPL Process John Price

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Session Overview:

What attributes does an assessor desire from all of their students? Demonstration that they have the required knowledge, skill and experiences that will allow them to perform competently and consistently in the workplace. So why is it that so many RPL candidates, that are presenting with their workplace knowledge, skills and experiences find the RPL process time consuming and loaded with training ‘jargon’. Why isn’t the approach a more valid one that implements a fair and flexible methodology resulting in a reliable judgement?

This presentation looks at the essential components of the RPL process that enable the quality and rigour of the outcome to be accomplished. It covers:
  • Determining what competence ‘looks like’ in the workplace;
  • Effective methods of gathering evidence and efficient methods of recording this evidence for quality and compliance;
  • Identifying ‘gaps’ in knowledge and skills and how these can add value to the candidate and their employer;
  • Motivating the candidate for further success; and
  • The professional judgement process in RPL assessment.

Biography:

John has been an educator and trainer for over 36 years and in that time has worked as a Head of Department at TAFE, mentor, facilitator of national workshops covering delivery and assessment, risk management, auditing, leadership and interpersonal skill development.

John has been a keynote speaker at conventions and conferences, and maintained a grass roots level approach to dealing with people at all levels of the organisation.

He has also assisted over 300 organisations in Australia to achieve quality certification to the range of National Training Standards including: Standards for NVR Registered Training Organisations; Australian Quality Training Framework standards (AQTF from 2001 – 2010) Australian and International ISO9001 standards (AS/NZS and ISO from 1987 – 2008) and worked with them in establishing continuous improvement systems and strategies for both human and physical resource development.

Reviewing Assessment for Compliance John Dwyer

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Session Overview:

This session will look at a range of things to be considered when reviewing assessment for compliance. It will link these to the Standards for Regisitered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015.

  • Start with the strategies for training and assessment
  • Check the assessment requirements specified for the particular unit(s)
  • Check the assessment tools against the principles of assessment and rule of evidence and the defined components of an assessment tool
  • Check mapping
  • Check assessment tools for administration requirements, including recording and reporting assessment outcomes
  • Record and report review findings
Biography
 
John is a national AQTF/VET Quality Framework trainer and consultant with experience in education spanning more than 50 years. He brings extensive registered training organisation (RTO) experience, having a comprehensive history in developing and delivering a range of workshops on assessment tools, recognition of prior learning (RPL), moderation and validation processes relating to RTO compliance. 
 
John is currently working at Velg Training as a trainer/ consultant for the VET sector. Previously, he was the Manager of the Competency Assessment and Development Services of the Global Institute for Learning and Development (gild). John has been a pre-qualified AQTF consultant registered with Queensland’s Department of Education and Training (DET), and has also been employed on a contract basis through DET as the TAA/TAE Technical Advisor for Audits.
 

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