Update on Changes: Business Economics, Marketing & Statistics In-Country EV Training May 2012 Workshop C
Why change? Ensure techniques, knowledge and skills keep pace with a rapidly changing world To ensure that the awards remain an important and credible entry mechanism to employment and further study To continue to meet the needs of employers To ensure that the awards are adapted in line with the expectations of all stakeholders
Scope of the change To better exemplify standards To retain the standard and quality Increase flexibility of assessment Reduce the assessment load Improve Core Skills Guidance
Are the changes large or small? The changes are subtle rather than large or small The changes are important and are based on feedback
Spot the difference activity (approximately 15 -20 minutes) The sheets show a selection of outcomes from three Units, the outcomes from the old Units are on the left and the corresponding outcomes for the new Units on the right. I would like each of you to study the sheets. On the right hand side mark where you have identified a change in the new Unit on the right, compared to the old Unit on the left. You may wish to indicate whether you feel the change is either a minor or a more significant change. Discussion with your colleagues is encouraged during this activity.
Spot the changes activity You will have managed to identify many changes, some of which are minor whilst others are more significant. The more significant ones include: –More flexibility in the form of assessment (in some cases) –More out of class assessment is allowed –The removal of cut-off scores Spot the difference answers
Other points to note The Course Tutor Guides are a vital source of information and guidance The website is also vital It is critical that the centres appreciate that the Units are different and that they must deliver the correct Units on the new courses. Same names, different codes Unit specifications and evidence requirements are critical (these set the standards) Assessment Exemplars, but alternative methods may be possible Sufficiency of alternative assessments and prior verification
Other points to note Plagiarism Security of Assessment Exemplars is essential Must check for updates as Unit specifications and Assessment Exemplars can change
Finally... Advise that each subject should have its own folder to act as a resource Stress the regular updating of the folders Provide reassurance Cascade your knowledge out to the centres GOOD LUCK
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