Covid-19 has brought into sharp focus the necessity of harnessing technology in the delivery and assessment of learning – whether pre-employment (AEB) or apprenticeships.
So, a positive announcement has been made recently by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education to the effect that several of the “flexibilities” temporarily applying to apprenticeships during Covid-19 will move to becoming indefinite adjustments, including the remote delivery of apprenticeship assessment.
Evidently representing several steps forward from the pre-Covid situation, this move away from short term flexibilities must be good news – technological developments make a compelling case for adoption rather than retreating to “how we always did it” mode e.g., simulated environments and on-line exams.
Our understanding of the full list of flexibilities making this transition are:
- remote delivery of assessment (including invigilation)
- remote assessment gateway sign-off
- pauses between elements of end point assessments
- flexibility of assessment element delivery order
- simulated environments in place of workplace observation
- assessments outside usual venues
- on-line assessment exams
Plans are in place by the Institute to publish more guidance on just how these “flexibilities” will be applied from 2022.
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