Piloting ‘Enhancements’ to Higher National Qualifications College Coordinator Conference Tuesday 26 August 2014 James Morgan Project Manager, Policy, Assessment, Statistics and Standards What are we hoping to achieve? • The project aims to identify, develop and pilot ‘enhancements’ to our product specification, product support and supporting guidance in relation to our Higher National Qualifications • The ‘enhancements’ should assist learners’ and/or Colleges’ preparation for articulation opportunities • Business, computing, social sciences, electrical engineering Categories of ‘Enhancement’ • • • • Assessment Content Structure Guidance Assessment Principles • • • • Valid Reliable Practical Equitable and Fair Assessment Load – a simple equation? Form of Assessment x Incidence of Assessment But what metric? Time? Word Count? Assessment Load – Other Variables • • • • • • Writing assessments Administering assessments Marking assessments Learner feedback Re-mediation Verification Assessment Load – Existing Tools • Sampling • ‘Holistic’ - one assessment per Unit • ‘Integrated’ - exploring opportunities to assess across more than one Unit Perspectives on Assessment Colleges Reduce assessment load more generally and the requirement to meet all the evidence requirements in a Unit without any tolerance for errors or omissions. Articulation Hubs General focus on the lack of academic competences i.e., preparation for university learning and assessment approaches – referencing, planning, self-directed learning. Alternative Assessment Approaches • Increased use of sampling • Standard 50% cut-off score • Seek to replicate, as far as possible, a university-style assessment approach • Requirement for learner feedback • Lecturers and learners online feedback survey Alternative Assessment Approaches Reduced Assessment offers the opportunity to reduce the assessment load (incidence and/or time) in an existing Higher National Unit through the use of sampling and allows the opportunity for an alternative assessment approach. Combined Assessment offer the opportunity to reduce the assessment load through a sample of content in two or more Higher National Units through an investigation, research-based, coursework or examination based assessment Why Use the Alternative Assessment Approaches? • • • • Learners gain experience of a different assessment model More time for teaching and learning Less time marking or re-mediating assessments Opportunity to assist SQA in evaluating different assessment model Academic Competences A viewpoint, which perhaps provides a platform for views in relation to articulation issues more generally, is that our Higher National Qualifications may not prepare learners for subsequent university teaching and assessment. Academic Competences Framework • Improving self-awareness, learning & performance • Academic writing • Research skills • Study skills • Active reading • Exam preparation Academic Competences (next steps) • Development of contextualised Academic Competences guidance to support Personal Development Planning (DE3R 34) • Consideration of the development of an Academic Competence Unit Participating in the Pilot • All colleges may participate – but must tell us first ! • Help us with ongoing feedback and evaluation • ‘Pick and Mix’ approach – use whichever ‘enhancements’ you wish. More Information [email protected] or [email protected] Any Questions ?