||28 Jun - 29 Aug 2021
||9 week online course: 27 CPD hours
||Monitored - £295, Peer supported - £245
Register for Jun 2021 course
All courses are accredited for continuing professional development (27 hours of CPD), with certification and digital badges available on successful completion.
A101 aims to address the need for a definitive, accessible understanding of assessment principles – it's interesting and engaging in its own right, but it also serves as a foundation for higher level professional development.”
Tim Oates CBE, Group Director of Assessment Research and Development, Cambridge Assessment
A101: Introducing the Principles of Assessment is a nine week, CPD accredited online course that will improve your assessment knowledge, challenge your assumptions, and make an impact on your day-to-day practice.
- Build your understanding of the principles of assessment, with modules covering Validity, Reliability, Fairness, Standards, Comparability and Practicality and manageability of assessment.
- Give you the vocabulary and knowledge to discuss key assessment concepts confidently in your day to day work.
- Allow you to reflect on the principles of assessment and what they mean in practice.
- Give you anytime access to our virtual learning environment to learn flexibly in your own time.
- Encourage you to connect and learn with other practitioners as you discuss key issues in assessment and work through course action points.
- Suitable for examiners, assessment writers, professional bodies, teachers, lecturers and those working for exam boards/awarding organisations.
- No previous knowledge or experience needed
- Average 3 hours per week over nine weeks
- Choice of delivery models:
- Monitored - Online group course delivered over 9 weeks featuring Monitor/Educator, discussion forum and journal
- Peer supported - Online group course delivered over 9 weeks featuring discussion forum and journal
- Digital badges awarded and certification option for both models.
- Define the purposes of assessment and how assessment can be used in different ways.
- Understand key principles underpinning effective assessment, including validity, reliability, fairness, impact and practicality.
- Explore and evaluate issues with the principles of assessment relevant to your practice.
- Understand standards and comparability, and how they are connected to the principles of assessment.
||Induction – aim is for participant to become familiar with the website so that they are confident with the online learning environment before the first week. Participants are required to:
- Complete a forum etiquette quiz to so that they are confident with using the online forum
- Complete their profile (i.e. name, email, additional relevant information)
- Introduce themselves to their fellow participants by posting a message in the forum.
||Educational assessment - explores ideas around what educational assessment is, who it is for and its different purposes.
||Validity - looks at a number of definitions and considers what impact a lack of validity may have on the quality of an assessment.
||Reliability - considers:
- What factors might affect reliability and how we might attempt to mitigate the effects of these.
- Different types of assessment tools and what issues around reliability there may be in each of them.
||Fairness - considers both fairness and the avoidance of bias so that you are able to apply your knowledge to the assessments that you deal with.
||Standards - explores what we mean by standards in the context of educational assessment, how different groups may interpret standards, and some of the issues around maintaining standards.
||Comparability - considers some of the ways in which we compare assessments and why this is an important exercise. You will also have the chance to critique a qualification you are familiar with.
||Practicality and manageability - explores what factors make assessments practical and manageable to deliver and run and consider the different needs of the stakeholders.
||Review and evaluation - reviews all the topics covered and reflects on what we’ve learned. Participants will be required to complete the course evaluation.
This course has been created for anyone with an interest in educational assessment and its role in society today, including examiners, assessment writers, professional bodies, teachers, lecturers and those working for exam boards/awarding organisations. Because the course is online, it can be accessed from anywhere in the world.
The course covers validity, reliability, fairness, standards, comparability, practicality and manageability of assessment. You don't need any knowledge or experience to participate and the course is designed so you can follow it at a time and place which is convenient to you.
A101 is an interactive online course which means that alongside weekly reading and video content, you'll also learn through participating in forum discussions with fellow students.
- Monitored - Online group course delivered over 9 weeks featuring Monitor/Educator, discussion forum and journal - £295 per person
- Peer supported - Online group course delivered over 9 weeks featuring discussion forum and journal - £245 per person
Bookings are taken on a first-come, first-served basis. We will confirm your place on the course once the payment has been received. Payment can be made by a credit or debit card (not incl. American Express) or by invoice.
This online course continues for 9 weeks, but there is no set times that you need to access the course. The weekly tasks can be completed whenever fits in with your existing schedule. We anticipate that you would need to allocate an average of 3 hours per week for study time.
The course is delivered in English so participants are required to have sufficient competence in English to participate in the training. All participants should have English language competence comparable to Level B2 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). We recommend a minimum requirement of 5.5 on the International English Language Testing System. Further information may be obtained through the IELTS website.
B2 Vantage or upper intermediate
- Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation.
- Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.
- Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
The Monitored course offers a dedicated, experienced assessment expert who monitors conversation, contributes to the discussion forum and offers support to individual participants where appropriate. You may prefer the Peer supported course if you would rather learn through group discussion only.
If you are an existing user of our VLE then you can log in with your usual username and password. If you are a new VLE user you will receive an email with joining instructions the Friday before the course starts.
Please let us know if you don’t receive this email by the Saturday prior to the course start date.
The A101 material is available from 5pm (UK time) on Fridays, but the week officially begins on Monday at 12:00 noon (UK time).
Statement of Participation (Certificate and digital badge)
- You must provide evidence of your learning and participation by logging into each of the week’s lessons, completing the activities, marking the activities as completed and posting weekly on the discussion forum.
Certificate of Achievement (Certificate and digital badge)
- In addition to the above, successful completion of an optional end of course assignment will enable you to claim a Certificate of Achievement.
This course is CPD accredited and earns 27 hours of CPD when the completion criteria are fulfilled.
Both our Statement of Participation and Certificate of Achievement are awarded by Cambridge Assessment and include the CPD accreditation logo and the University of Cambridge’s Board of Executive and Professional Education logo.
The purpose of the optional assignment is to provide you with an opportunity to reflect on all the topics covered in the course and to apply this learning to an issue in educational assessment that interests you. The assignment should be 1500-2000 words and will be used as evidence that you have worked through the course material and reflected on what you have been learning.
Remember, the assignment is optional. However, if you want to claim a Certificate of Achievement, successfully completing the assignment is a requirement. If you choose to complete the assignment, you have four weeks to submit after the course has finished.