Evaluating External Quality Assurance and Continuing Professional Development

Evaluating External Quality Assurance and Continuing Professional
Development
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This handout will cover:
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Why evaluate EQA practice?
Standardisation of practice
Evaluating EQA practice
What is reflective practice?
What is continuing professional development? (CPD)
Planning and maintaining CPD
Reading list
Website list
Why evaluate EQA practice?
To ensure:
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a professional service is given to centres
the EQA process is fair to all
you are meeting awarding organisation and regulatory requirements
you can learn from any incidents
you can improve your practice.
It is important to give a good service to your centres, and to maintain and improve on
this where possible. However, the credibility of the awarding organisation must
never be compromised.
Standardisation of practice
You need to ensure a standardised quality service is given to all your centres, the
support you give to one centre should be similar to that you give to another. You
must not show any favouritism or do things which are not ‘by the book’. You need to
be fully aware of your awarding organisation’s policies and practices i.e. following all
legal and other relevant requirements. The awarding organisation should provide you
with guidance (either manual or electronic documents) and you should ensure you
are familiar with it. You must not ask a centre to do something which is not a
requirement just because you want them to do it.
You can standardise your practice in the following ways:
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You should ensure your centre staff are also standardising their practice in similar
ways.
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Evaluating EQA practice
Evaluation is not another term for assessment; evaluation is of the process, whereas
assessment is of the learner. Your awarding organisation might ask for feedback
from your centres regarding the support you have given them – this might be used
during your appraisal or a review. You can also ask for feedback from your centres
to help you evaluate the service you are giving them. Obtaining the views of others
will greatly assist you when reflecting upon your role as an EQA, and aid the
standardisation process.
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Always make sure you do something with your findings which will lead to an
improvement.
You should evaluate aspects such as:
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how effective was my communication with the centre staff?
do I keep adequate and accessible records?
did I carry out everything I had planned to during a visit or a remote sample?
did I deal with any awkward situations effectively?
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You should evaluate the full EQA process for each centre you are responsible for.
This includes contact before, during and after sampling activities.
You will need to ensure the activities you used to carry out the EQA process were
valid and reliable. You will need to ask yourself if you made a decision fairly and
accurately, and followed all regulatory and awarding organisation requirements.
What is reflective practice?
It is an analysis of your actions which should lead to an improvement in practice, it
can be written down, or just thought through.
A straightforward method of reflection is to have an experience, then describe it,
analyse it and revise it (EDAR) (Gravells 2014). This method incorporates the Who,
What, When, Where, Why and How approach and should help you consider ways of
changing and/or improving.
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Experience – a significant event or incident you would like to change or improve.
Describe – aspects such as who was involved, what happened, when it
happened and where it happened.
Analyse – consider the experience deeper and ask yourself how it happened and
why it happened.
Revise – think about how you would do it differently if it happened again and then
try this out if you have the opportunity.
As a result, you might find your own skills improving, for example giving more
effective, constructive and developmental feedback.
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What is continuing professional development? (CPD)
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It is a process of ensuring your EQA professional skills and knowledge are up to
date.
This includes your specialist subject, assessment and IQA knowledge, EQA
practice, knowledge of awarding organisation and qualification requirements, as
well as advances in new technology.
As a professional, you need to continually update your skills and knowledge. This
knowledge relates not only to your subject specialism, but your practice as an EQA,
and your knowledge of assessment and internal quality assurance.
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Keeping up to date with developments in your subject area, changes in legislation,
changes in qualification standards and developments with ICT will assist your
knowledge and practice. You also need to keep up to date with your awarding
organisation's (AO) requirements to operate as an EQA. You will be expected to
attend meetings, networking and standardisation activities organised by your AO.
These might be by attending an event and/or by online activities.
Planning and maintaining CPD
Feedback from others and your own reflections will help you realise what CPD you
need to undertake. You could shadow colleagues to observe how they carry out their
EQA role, join professional associations, and carry out internet research regarding
your specialist subject, assessment IQA and EQA practice.
Activities could include:
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attending events, meetings, standardisation activities and training programmes
e-learning activities
evaluating feedback from peers and others
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Records must always be kept of any CPD undertaken to be shown to your awarding
organisation or regulatory bodies if requested.
Reflecting upon EQA practice, taking account of feedback from others, evaluating
practice and maintaining CPD will all contribute to becoming a more effective EQA.
Reading list
Gravells A (2014) Achieving your Assessment and Quality Assurance Units (TAQA)
London Learning Matters
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Roffey-Barentsen J & Malthouse R (2009) Reflective Practice in the Lifelong
Learning Sector (2nd Edn) Exeter Learning Matters
Scales et al (2011) Continuing Professional Development in the Lifelong Learning
Sector Maidenhead McGraw Hill
Wood J & Dickinson J (2011) Quality Assurance and Evaluation in the Lifelong
Learning Sector Exeter Learning Matters
Website list
CPD - http://www.ifl.ac.uk/cpd
Evaluation - http://www.businessballs.com/kirkpatricklearningevaluationmodel.htm
Reflective practice - http://www.learningandteaching.info/learning/reflecti.htm
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