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Introduction to Assessment

As there are two units to the ‘Firm Foundations’ course: ‘Supporting School Readiness’ and ‘Pre-Birth and Early Days’, you will complete various activities throughout each unit which will contribute towards your final portfolio.

Assessment Overview

Throughout this short course, you will produce a regularly updated, templated and annotated synthesis portfolio/workbook. This will capture your new learning as an ongoing reflective journal where you can demonstrate the processes, activities and outcomes that you have undertaken on this short course. It will be a great way to capture and celebrate your learning.

Your Reflective Portfolio

The synthesis portfolio/workbook you create for your assessment can be developed in whichever media you feel most comfortable with. You may choose to do this using Microsoft Word or PowerPoint, by creating a personal blog or by manually creating a hand written document which you can submit.

You will build your portfolio throughout this unit and also during the Pre-birth and Early Days unit. This will mean that by the end of the Firm Foundations 12 week short course, you will have a completed portfolio to submit.

Your portfolio should include your own personal reflections about your learning journey and there will also be prompts within this online material where you will be asked to add content to your portfolio. You may also want to include diagrams, images or other references to help bring your portfolio to life.

How to get started:

Below are some prompts to help you to get started with your portfolio and to give you some ideas of what to include.

  • Name – Include your name, student ID and the course name on the front of your portfolio.
  • Personal Introduction – write a short introduction about yourself and why you have chosen to complete the course.
  • Sections and Headings – Give each of the different activities or reflections you make a heading so it is clear which part of the course you are responding to.
  • Honesty – Be open and honest in your reflections; this portfolio is your opportunity to articulate your understanding of the course content.
  • Final summary – before you complete and submit your portfolio, write a final personal reflection about your learning journey. Consider what you have learnt and any any challenges you have faced.

Below you will find the marking rubric which outlines the marking criteria for this assessment. Please download a copy of this and read through it before the first workshop where we will be discussing it in more detail. You will then have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.