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.
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
Starting pointsIn your breakout group, discuss your own‘needs’ in relation to this vNAP course.Take into account:past experiencepresent contextstrengths and weaknessescourse demandsgoalsconcerns
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.