Assessment involves establishing how much an individual learner or group has learnt, and will involve both learners and tutors/assessors. In some cases the process begins before the course starts and continues until after it has finished.
Learning is a change in skill and/or attitude and/or knowledge and measuring these changes are the steps in the assessment process. Assessment is the judgement of evidence showing that learning has taken place (an act of measurement) and confirming that a learning outcome, or part of a learning outcome, has been achieved.
Assessment can be a very positive experience for learners, they frequently appreciate assessment because it:
- confirms that they are on the appropriate course;
- motivates and encourages further learning;
- helps learners recognise how they are changing;
- allows them to chart their progress;
- allows them to gain credits/qualifications and therefore have their achievement recognised;
- gives them a sense of achievement
It also gives employers assurance that staff have relevant knowledge, understanding and/or skills required to undertake tasks safely and effectively.