Assessment For Learning Research

What is it about, well what it says.  The assessment is embedded in the learning not to test the outcome or knowledge.  It is designed to move the learning forward after diagnosing where they are at the start and forms part of the learning delivery.  Ask the students what they know (diagnostic assessment) find their current level of skills and experience then find out where they need to be to be competent as a problem solving, thinking trades person.  Ask them they know what a competent trades person looks like they work with them everyday.


This guy shows us a picture of competence, he is sure of his materials, techniques and the finish he can achieve.  I guess that is what we want from a trades person and we need to show it to the students.  Ensuring they know why they are learning the techniques and how they are going to be using them.  This also allows the students to see how they will be assessed and against what criteria.  Students can also create the assessment given guidelines that comply with the training package which gives them ownership of their learning and assessment and provides a standard to aim for.

Assessment Criteria

Hand skills, being prepared, handling material, taping a recessed plasterboard joint first coat, feathering edges and clean safe working area, good explanation of methods and reasons why they are used.

If this guy was not a qualified trades person he would be eligible for RPL in many units of competency and he should think about getting his qualifications before the new regulations come into force regarding Certificate III and licensing.

I hope he’s a member of the AWCIA (Australian Wall & Ceiling Industry Association)

More later …

About wallandceiling

I currently design, create and administer over 180 Moodle online courses as part of a project in tafeSA with the BJIT Business Services Team. This project has highlighted a need for training in Moodle and how to implement and maintain courses online. I have been a lecturer in Wall & Ceiling Lining (Drywall for Americans) in Adelaide South Australia involved in the CPSISC validation of the CPC08 National Training packages and the CBA Program to build capacity in assessment through the use of Action Learning and Assessment for Learning principles.
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