Guidelines for developing and using e-assessments with vocational learners
An 18-month project commissioned by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority and Ako Aotearoa to produce guidelines for tutors who develop and use e‑assessments with vocational learners. A collaboration involving Ara Institute of Canterbury (Ara), Nelson-Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT), Te Tapuae o Rēhua and Unitec Institute of Technology (Unitec).
This project’s primary aim is to develop guidelines for tutors who develop and use e‑assessments with vocational learners.
The guidelines will:
- assist tutors to transition from narrow task-based assessment to using authentic, holistic assessment approaches implicit in new New Zealand qualifications’ graduate profile outcomes
- shift to project-based or problem/inquiry-based learning, enabling graduates to meet industry needs
- assist tutors to adopt assessment for learning approaches
- leverage off students’ existing literacies and increase their academic and digital literacies
- upskill learners’ problem-solving abilities for industry sectors participating in this project.
The project’s research methodology features:
- participative action research to identify and solve any e-assessment challenges and refine innovative e-assessment processes
- case studies to collate strategies for the guidelines
- collation of naturally-occurring evidence and formative assessments through the use of notetaking/tracking software
- ePortfolios to collate multimedia evidence
- learning support and assessments through role-plays and simulations in virtual environments and virtual reality platforms.
The vocational programmes included in the project are construction/infrastructure (carpentry, quantity surveying), manufacturing/technology (aeronautical engineering, automotive, fabrication) and services (hospitality).