The answer is quite simple. The assessor is the person who will “mark” a learner’s assignments, to ensure that learners measure up to the required standards. But what does this really mean? The assessor plays a vital role in the life of a learner who embarks on completing a registered skills programme. The assessor is of utmost importance as they must ensure the correct application of assessment principles in the grading of a learner’s work, which subsequently leads to the outcome of achievement by a learner. Furthermore, the assessor might not only be fulfilling the role of assessor but might also be the coach/ facilitator on the selected programme, as well as providing support during the completion of a programme.
As an experienced assessor and e-coach, I have learnt that regular interaction and support with a new learner from the onset of their studies contributes hugely to a successful outcome. Once the learner understands the requirements of the programme and they grasp the role of their assessor and know what support is available, they progress much faster, do what is required, and reach out more.
The preparation of my learners as it pertains to assessment is the foundation of good assessment practice. I also manage and conduct the assessment within a prescribed framework and assessment standards by collecting evidence to validate the competency of a learner.
As a learner, it is critical to understand your role as well. Learner behaviour also drives the learning journey, which can either be a positive or negative one. It is good to engage with your learning goals, develop certain criteria on successes, provide feedback to your assessor by asking questions for clarity and guidance and receiving feedback with a positive mindset, especially if the feedback is not as expected.
Speak to your assessor, they are there to assist you to complete your learning successfully. Learner-engaged assessment helps the learner make the connection between effort and achievement. Learners are provided with the tools by the assessor to understand and assess their own strengths.
An assessor is the person who grants the learner with a qualification based on assessment criteria AND on evidence provided by the learner. Registered, constituent assessors uphold a strict code of conduct and cannot move outside the guidelines of good assessment principles. Assessors are qualified in the field in which they assess and coach learners.
So, when you think of an assessor’s role in your life as a learner, remember it is a collaborative, “hand-holding” and highly engaging process. Making use of your assessor is key for a successful outcome.
Contrary to widespread belief, an assessor does not only come into “play” at the end of a programme to assess a learner’s work but is an essential “ingredient” to any learner’s learning journey.
Your assessor is your “friend” guiding you through the process with a wealth of experience and knowledge. An assessor should not be seen a threat as they are there to help you achieve success at the end of a programme. So, next time when you embark on a learning journey, I hope that you will grab the opportunity to engage, talk and reach out to your assessor for the ultimate learning experience.
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