Title EQUFAS, "Working with the EQF in the Agricultural sector"
Project Number LdV/TOI/123013
Product EQUFAS Learning outcome based Transferability assessment tool 1 and 2
Title EQUFAS Learning outcome based Transferability assessment tool 1 and 2
Product Type evaluation methods
We developed three different assessment tools. Two of them are based on a personal assessment, the third is a web-based version and described in results 5.
At the outset we intended to assess those students and employees participating in this project with the assessment tool developed in the Netherlands for informational learning processes. The assessors(all representing different branches of the agricultural sector, and not related to educational institutes) came to the conclusion that this tool is not suitable for the EQF. Professional performance abroad not only depends on professional skills, knowledge and abilities but also on personal characteristics of behaviour and communication skills in a host country. In the EQUFAS project we strove to assess the abilities of students to perform in companies abroad.
We created a matrix for developing the assessment questionnaires. The matrix as such, we thought was far to complex to serve as a tool for assessing professional performance of our students abroad. We discussed what should or should not be taken in to account when assessing the performance of students in the host countries and what assessment procedure can be used.
Seeking an assessment tool, we comparatively reviewed the VQTS model of assessing and this lead to our development of a tool which we used in Pilot Study phases 1.
The VQTS model is somewhat an ECVET tool which makes the outcomes of different levels measurable, but is in it’s origin a input base formulated tool. But the way it is set up was very easy to transfer to our learning outcome-based tool. We used the taxonomy of Bloom for our assessment tool and this can be seen in the handbook.
Assessors, as well as the company coaches, were very satisfied by the utility of this new tool. Students and teachers were very disappointed and did not understand the intention of the assessments. In the discussion during a conference with all of the participants, around the assessment results and the methodology used, we concluded that this dichotomy between satisfied and disappointment is the difference between working with learning outcomes and input-based learning.
Target group trainers, employees in companies, students, teachers, assessors, mentors, educators.
One of the findings was: the tool was very difficult to understand/work with for the students and teachers involved in the assessments, because they are used to work with input-based exams. This difference is more or less a paradigm shift(see the EQUFAS handbook, chapter 6). As a result of this meeting the participants recommended the steering group to develop a new assessment tool which was more scientifically connected to the mental model of educators and students while working from learning outcome –based competencies.
The students of the university of Vienna monitored the second phases as well and reported their outcomes to ACS as well as the steering group. We tested the second tool with a far greater number of people, and focussed on particular targets, such as, how to do the mentor interview, learning outcome-based questionnaires and behavioural approach of an assessment.
Area of application This tool focuses on the transferability of trainees and employees in an international work environment. The concept of transferability refers to the ability of a trainee/employee to adapt him/herself to a work environment abroad, including the language and cultural aspects of that workplace. The concept in focus includes the transferability within economic sectors as well as between economic sectors. It relates to characteristics that, independent of the trainee/employee’s technical knowledge and experience, contribute to his/her adaptability abroad and at home because they are universal competencies but only specified on working abroad. The tools can be found at www.equfas.com and will be added in an attached file.
Product Languages English