Innovation in action - College leads the way in online assessments
Lecturers from a range of North West Regional College’s NVQ courses have been pioneering an innovative online assessment programme, which makes completing the portfolios for these vocational qualifications much simpler for staff and students.
Led by project leaders Samantha Traynor and Helena McVeigh, the College has been piloting the use of e-portfolios on vocational courses for the past two years, including the NVQ Children’s Care, Learning and Development, Playwork, Health & Social Care, Advice & Guidance and Assessor and Verifier Awards, thanks to the purchase of the Learning Assistant Software Programme.
The success of the innovative project, run in association with Qualifications Curriculum Authority (QCA), was shared with those attending a Masterclass at the College last week. The interactive event, delivered by Barbara Gilles, Director of Alchemy, and assisted by Bryan Mathers, Managing Director, Learning Assistant, was attended by members of the College Senior Management, Lecturers and representatives of Ofqual NI, which has supported the pilot, as well as Jill McAteer of the Education Training Inspectorate, Rhys Hughes, External Verifier from City & Guilds and Suzi Gray, National Advisor, City & Guilds.
The Masterclass was a chance to reveal how North West Regional College is at the forefront of e-assessment developments in Northern Ireland, and to demonstrate how the introduction of E-portfolios has not only motivated NVQ staff and students but has also enabled NVQ students to complete their portfolio electronically as opposed to the traditional paper portfolio.
Thanks to the success of the pilot project, the College’s Senior Management now plans to widen participation in this model of good practice across all campuses of the College in Derry/Londonderry, Limavady & Strabane. The College wishes to acknowledge the role played by the RSCni in helping to facilitate this successful initiative.
Back Row L-R: Fran Dowler – QFQUALNI, Barbara Gilles – Alchemy, Suzi Gray - -National Advisor C&G, Rhys Hughes EV Health & Social Care, Kathleen McCaul – Head of FE, David Kinnaird - Assistant Director
Front Row L-R: Bryan Mathers – Managing Director, Learning Assistant, Seamus Murphy – College Director, Jill McAteer – ETI, Marianne Johnston – QFQUALNI, Geraldine Lavery - Head of School ,Health & Social Care, Samantha Traynor – Head of School Early Years, Helena McVeigh – Project Leader.