Graded OTLA: Improving Effectiveness of Moderation and Development Action
The quality of teaching, training and assessment is pivotal to the effective progression and achievement of learners, success rates and inspection outcomes. Most organisations now use observation as a tool to help develop the quality of their teaching and training delivery but introducing observation on its own seldom delivers real improvement.
To maximise the benefits of the observation process it is essential that consistency exists between observers, observation sessions, departments, areas of learning and diverse centres. Equally important is that where observers identify development opportunities in tutor performance, effective action plans are produced and implemented. Thirdly, the overall outputs from the observation reports need to drive organisational teaching and training quality forward in a way that can be evidenced; this will contribute towards ongoing improvement claims for self assessment and during inspection. ‘Ongoing improvement’ is a strength essential to grade one inspection results.
This workshop helps participants to improve their ability to moderate the following and in doing so helps ensure that the observation process generates real improvements in the quality of teaching, training and learning.
- Observation of Teaching/Training reports
- Observer practice
- Improvement Action Plans
This intensive and practical 1 day workshop has been designed for:
- observation practitioners who have been trained to observe teaching / training, and who are, or who are likely to be, involved in OTL Moderation processes,
- staff who have to produce post observation action plans to help tutors improve their performance
- Line managers wishing to explore ways to further develop the quality of teaching and training may also benefit from attending
- observation practitioners and or line managers who are observing other observers for moderation purposes.
Participants are welcome to bring OTL reports that have been produced in their organisation which can be used in the workshop moderation exercises.
Aims and Objectives
This workshop is designed to help participants develop the effectiveness, of their organisation’s arrangements for the moderation of Observation and Teaching and Learning
As a result of attending this workshop participants will be able to describe and clearly explain:
- The purpose of Observation of Teaching / Training and Learning (OTL) report, Observer and Action Plan Moderation, and how these processes should operate
- what robust OTL Moderation criteria look like, and how to interpret them effectively, including moderation of Observer performance
- how to produce an effective Moderation report
- what effective OTL Action Plans look like and how to Moderate them
Topics will help improve participants’ ability to write OTL reports, carry out moderation, write moderation reports, produce effective OTL action plans and critically evaluate action plans produced by others. Specific topics will include
- Identifying judgements that are descriptive statements rather than judgements.
- Determining whether the qualitative term or terms used in judgments are appropriate in their strength, in relation to the performance notes that support them.
- Identifying whether judgements are supported by relevant and sufficient performance notes evidence, and whether strengths and weaknesses contradict one another in any respect.
- Determining whether the extent to which learning took place during a session, is referred to effectively in the judgments, and whether judgments clearly support the grade awarded.
- Good practice in observing observers.
- Producing effective OTL Moderation reports.
- Identifying effective Action Plans by:
- reviewing the range of negative judgements in OTL reports and prioritising them effectively for action
- identifying the various types of support, development and or training (improvement actions), that can be taken to address particular teaching deficiencies, and determining which are likely to be more appropriate in which circumstances
- systematically deconstructing negative judgements to identify appropriate improvement actions
- producing action plans where improvement actions; are effectively prioritised, specified at an appropriate level of detail, sequenced correctly, measurable and time bound; and where responsibilities for the action being taken are clearly identified.
This is a very practical workshop where the emphasis will be on participants developing their skills through practical skills tasks
Learning will be facilitated through:
- presentation of examples of good practice
- group and individual problem solving exercises
- tutor feedback to individuals
- participants’ critical evaluation of their own skills and knowledge
- comparative analysis of the skills and knowledge demonstrated by other workshop participant
Internal Staff Training and Development
This training workshop, along with most of our other best practice training workshops, can be delivered as an internal training course at your premises. Even with groups as small as 6-8 delegates, the course fees per person for internal training workshops can be lower than for open events. The potential savings are even greater, if the travel time and the travel costs of the delegates are included.
Running training workshops internally is very convenient and it allows the participants to explore how key issues will impact on them and their organization. Then as a team they can begin to agree upon a development action plan, with priorities. This approach is favoured by many of our clients as it combines a high quality service with excellent value for money and is a highly effective route for staff development.
Related Observation of Teaching, Learning & Assessment Workshops
- Characteristics of Outstanding Teaching
- Effective Peer ( Non Graded) Observation Practice
- Graded OTLA: Delivering Observation Feedback Effectively
- Graded OTLA: Extending Observation to Learner Reviews & other processes
- Graded OTLA: Improving Effectiveness of Moderation and Development Action
- Graded OTLA: Introduction to Effective Observation of Teaching Learning & Assessment
Certificates of Professional Development.
This course is recognised for CPD purposes by most professional institutes and associations including the Law Society, the CIM, the CMI, the ICAEW, the Institute of Learning and the CIPD. Formal Certificates of Professional Development will be issued by email to participants who successfully complete this course. These certificates will enable participants to evidence the update of their CPD records. The workshop will consider how to best apply the knowledge gained by the delegates upon their return to the workplace. This element of the programme is designed to maximise the benefits of attending and enable participants to make valued judgments when recording CPD activities