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vNAP Session 1

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  • 1. Needs Assessment Practice Session 1
  • 2. vNAP aims to increase confidence and develop good practice in the assessment of learners’ needs. to equip participants with relevant knowledge of the factors which facilitate and inhibit learning. to hone participants’ skills in evidence gathering and report writing. to enable participants to undertake effective ‘remote’ (‘virtual’) assessments.
  • 3. Session themes1. What is ‘Needs Assessment’?2. A framework for NAP3. Gathering and interpreting evidence4. Applying the Needs Assessment Model: Dyslexia5. Meeting needs by making recommendations6. Reporting findings and acquiring resources
  • 4. Assessment
  • 5. Deadlines
  • 6. Starting pointsIn your breakout group, discuss your own‘needs’ in relation to this vNAP course.Take into account:past experiencepresent contextstrengths and weaknessescourse demandsgoalsconcerns
  • 7. Why Assess? To establish learning/course objectives To agree learning (and teaching) goals To gather evidence of support needs To understand the impact of these needs To inform study method/approaches To help students develop an awareness of their strengths and weaknesses and preferred learning styles
  • 8. Purposes of Assessment Screening: identify students at risk Diagnostic: confirm the presence of a ‘condition’ and start to address implications Outcome-based: provide baseline indicator of level of functioning Needs-led : identify appropriate actions Progress Monitoring: determine progress and intervention outcomes
  • 9. Principles of Assessment Needs Assessment should respect the right of the student to make choices and expect that the student will take responsibility. Needs Assessment policy should reflect the principle of equal opportunities and comply with relevant legislation. Needs Assessment practice should reflect the ‘social model’ and take a contextual perspective.
  • 10. What are you lookingfor? In your breakout group: Discuss, then summarise on your whiteboard, the information and ‘evidence’ you think you should be seeking when you conduct a needs assessment.
  • 11. Top Tips ‘Know’ your candidate: access to educational history, previous reports, referral details. Pace/timing: how much? how soon? how long? Purpose and focus: why? what for? Reality check: motivation; ambition; expectation; commitment; priorities. Understand the impact of environment
  • 12. Fit for purpose In your breakout group, come up with a list of the ‘ingredients’ that form the basis of a good needs assessment. Discuss what steps the assessor can take to create a conducive environment.
  • 13. Virtual assessment Distance Relationship Reassurance Confidence Comfort Demonstration
  • 14. What next? Session2 A Framework for NAP

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