e-Assessment Awards Finalists 2019 Laser Learning

e-Assessment Awards 2019 Finalists

We are delighted to be one of the three finalists in the Export to Excellence category of the e-Assessment Awards 2019.

e-Assessment Awards 2019 Finalists Laser Learning

The e-Assessment awards programme was launched in October 2016 to highlight and celebrate the outstanding and positive contributions that technology makes to all forms of assessment, and has gone on to showcase the best practice, research and innovation in the sector.

The awards programme holds a unique position, as it encompasses all sectors of education; from schools, through further and higher education to workplace training and professional exams.

The six sets of finalists were shortlisted by six separate panels of highly experienced, international experts.”

The winners will be announced at the gala dinner on the 10th April and we would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all those who have been nominated.

Awards which recognise commitment to digital and online learning and assessment mean a great to deal to us as we have been ambassadors for online learning for over a decade, and we believe strongly in the importance of flexible learning that encompasses every learner as an individual.

If you would like to find out more about the Laser e-portfolio and online learning resources, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Laser Learning Year in Review 2018

End of Year Review – 2018

New Lessons in 2018

The content team has been working hard to add new short courses and qualifications with lessons to the laser this year. In total, we added 15 new short courses and 17 new qualifications.

Highlights include:

  • The new CACHE STL suite, which has increased in size and the scope has changed to include learners providing support in colleges. It has also been updated to include radicalisation, mental health, and e-safety.
  • L1 Certificate in Well-being, which encourages learners to make healthy lifestyle choices and support others to do the same. Find out more by watching our webinar on areas of well-being.
  • L3 Award for Special Educational Needs Coordinators in Early Years Settings, which covers the role and responsibilities of the SENCo, strategies and techniques for supporting children and their families (including the local offer, EHC plans, and the graduated approach), principles, guidance and legislation underpinning practice for children with SEND in early years settings, and English as an Additional Language (EAL)
  • L5 Diploma in Education and Training, which prepares trainee teachers to teach in a wide range of contexts. The qualification covers planning and developing schemes of work, delivering learning sessions, developing teaching and learning strategies, and assessment practices. Find out more by watching a webinar presented by Laser and NCFE.
  • Teaching Assistant bundle, a new bundle of short courses perfect for learning support practitioners who work with students of all ages to ensure individual needs are met. The bundle covers developing English and Maths skills, promoting positive behaviour, working in partnership on Assessment for Learning, and contributing to learning activities.

When writing lessons for qualifications, we add lessons for all mandatory units and make sure there are enough optional units to achieve the minimum credits, with a handful more for choice and variety.

Feel free to get in contact with us if you would like to chat about the new courses or want any added to your Laser.

Award Nominations and Endorsement

In 2018 Laser Short Courses were finalists in the NMT Nursery Awards and Teach Early Years Awards.

Laser Short Courses awards nominations

We are so proud of the reception our short courses continue to receive and we have many more to be written and produced in 2019.

This year we also secured endorsement from Skills for Care for our health and social care short courses and care certificate. We continue to work closely with NCFE CACHE to delivered endorsed learning resources for full UK qualifications as well endorsed learning programmes as part of our Laser Short Courses.

Laser Systems endorsements

Help Videos and Webinars

Our team have spent time this year creating further help videos and webinars for our YouTube channel in order to provide additional support for those who need guidance around using the Laser as well as guidance on IQA and assessment topics.

If you would like to suggest any further topics for help videos in the future please don’t hesitate to let us know.

International Clients

We’re delighted to say that the Laser continues to be the choice for e-portfolio and learning resources for clients around the world.

Vivette has been in high demand to support clients, new CACHE centres, and IQAs and assessors across the UAE and Asia, and was a guest speaker on the specialist educator panel at the CIIE launch and education retreat on the QE2 in Dubai back in October.

All of us continue to be inspired by each centre’s enthusiasm and passion when it comes to providing the best possible training for their staff from entry level to management.

What’s Happening in 2019?

In January, we will be attending the NMT Agenda (South) in Basingstoke to meet with nursery managers from across the UK.

We will also be guests to support Professor Pat Preedy, Kay Sanderson, and Sir Christopher Ball at the launch of their new book Early Childhood Education Redefined.

In February, Vivette will be back in Dubai to exhibit at the GESS exhibition alongside NCFE CACHE. If you would like to book some time with Vivette while she is in Dubai, please get in touch.

Vivette at CIIE Launch October 2018 on behalf of Laser Learning

Thank You

We have had another wonderful year with some notable achievements, and we would once again like to take this opportunity to thank you for being a part of our success.

Wishing you all a peaceful break if you are closing down for the Christmas period and a fantastic start to 2019.

Standardisation: how does the Laser learning platform help with standardisation

Standardisation: how do online learning platforms like the Laser aid standardisation?

As assessors and IQAs, we are always working to provide the best learning experience for learners based on their individual learning needs. We are consistently evaluating each learner’s needs based on their initial assessment, their progress, their communication, and their SMART targets; ensuring their learning journey is tailored to them.

However, we are also aligning this with our team standardisation to ensure all staff are approaching the qualification in the same way and that the expectations of all our learners are to standard.

The marriage of individual support and standardisation can feel intimidating but using online learning platforms and resources like those provided on the Laser can make standardisation a much clearer and simplified process.

How do online learning platforms like the Laser aid standardisation?

Access to standardisation meeting notes

Holding regular standardisation meetings is integral to ensuring all staff have a good understanding of what is expected of them, as well as giving staff the chance to share good practice and answer any questions staff may have about qualifications and delivery.

The Laser provides an area to store standardisation meeting notes, so all staff can access them at any time. This means staff know where to go if they have a question about something covered in the meeting and this also provides an ideal stepping stone to the next scheduled meeting.

Support standardisation practice with online meetings

It can be difficult to get a team together for standardisation meetings, particularly if it something that needs to be addressed urgently. However, working with an online platform means you can hold a video conference and share your screen with others, hold one-to-one video meetings, or share videos of your screen to demonstrate best practice. You can also easily upload and share these videos or additional files to aid with standardisation.

These possibilities save time and resources but also mean you are on hand to support the assessing team as well as allowing them to support each other whenever they need to.

Learners all have access to the same learning resources

If each staff member is creating their own learning resources for their learners, you need a way to oversee that each staff member’s resources meet the standard. With online learning resources you know exactly what resources learners are accessing and what the resources cover. Learners may have additional resources and staff members may provide additional resources if they wish, but there is a solid foundation for learning for each of your learners.

As Laser Lessons resources are written by subject specialists and, unlike a paper textbook, are instantly updated to include changes to legislation, best practice, and qualifications. This means you can be sure learners are all gaining the relevant knowledge.

Learners and assessors can instantly see qualification criteria

The Laser e-portfolio lists the criteria to be covered for each unit as the learner is working on it or submitting work towards it. This means there is no confusion for the assessor or the learners and that the expectations for their work are always transparent.

IQAs can sample across all portfolios at any time

The sampling process on the Laser is straightforward and in-depth. IQAs can sample from a single portfolio or a selection of portfolios at any time. They can choose what they want to sample including which evidence types to create sample plans which fit your IQA procedures.

Standardisation is an essential part of the assessment process and has factored greatly into the creation of the Laser e-portfolio to ensure assessors, IQAs, and EQAs have all the tools they need to evaluate, oversee, and engage with the standardisation practices within their organisation.

To find out more about the Laser e-portfolio and online learning resources please don’t hesitate to get in touch.