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What are Qualification Assessment Specifications - QAS

The AQP will set the national standards to ensure validity and consistency of the external   summative   assessment.  The   QAS  form   an   integral   part   of   every occupational qualification and are developed for each occupational qualification and outline and record the following information: Title of occupational qualification; Curriculum reference number; Name and details of the AQP; External assessment strategy; Key occupational outcomes; The point(s) at which the qualification must be assessed (allowing for production cycle if required); Critical  identified  elements  of  ‘internal  assessment’  to  be  externally moderated (if any); Eligibility requirements for candidates for exter[...]

IMPORTANT TIPS FOR EFFECTIVE FACILITATION

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A.    BEFORE THE WORKSHOP

*         Schedule ample time for planning

*         Take some time to get to know each other

*         Discuss each other’s style of planning and facilitating

*         Avoid making assumptions about one another

*         Take time to discuss your views about the workshop topic

*         Especially examine areas of disagreement

*         Discuss any concerns about potential challenges that participants may present

*         Agree on common goals for workshop

*         Review each other’s triggers

*         Find out whether and when it is okay to interrupt

*         Decide how to keep track of time

*         Strategize about how to stick to the original outline and how to switch gears

*         Plan ways to give signals to one another

*         Divide facilitation of activities fairly

*         Share responsibility equally in preparing and bringing workshop materials and resources

*         Agree to arrive at the workshop site in time to set up and check-in before the workshop begins

*         Schedule time after the workshop to debrief

 

B.    DURING THE WORKSHOP

*         Remember to keep a professional demeanor at all times

*         Keep communicating with each other throughout the workshop

*         Support and validate one another

*         During activities that don’t require constant attention, check-in with one another

*         Include your co-facilitator even when you are leading an exercise or discussion, by asking, for example: “Do you have anything to add?”

*         Use lots of eye contact

*         Assert yourself if your co-facilitator is talking too much

*         Remember that it is okay to make mistakes

*         Take the initiative to step in if your co-facilitator misses an opportunity to address a myth

 

C.    AFTER THE WORKSHOP

*         If you can’t meet right after the workshop, schedule a time to debrief before you leave

*         Listen carefully to one another’s self-evaluation before giving feedback

*         Discuss what worked well

*         Examine what did not work

*         Brainstorm what could have been done differently

*         Use written evaluations as a reference point to talk about the workshop, and assess your effectiveness as co-facilitators

*         Name particular behaviors, for example: “When you kept interrupting me, I felt undermined and frustrated”, or “I got the impression that some participants were bored”, instead of “You always interrupt me” or “You were very controlling during the workshop.”

*         Realize the importance and potential difficulty of debriefing a challenging workshop

*         Make sure to share any clean-up or return of resource materials

*         REMEMBER: YOU HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE