Online Assessments Support Continuous Professional Development
In September 2010, Skills for Care published a practical guide to implementing continuing professional development in the adult social care workforce called "Keeping Up the Good Work". In the Guide Professor David Croisdale-Appleby OBE, Independent Chair of Skills for Care, defines CPD as “an ongoing, planned and developmental process that contributes to work-based and personal development”. The document provides excellent guidance and examples of good CPD practice and sets out this useful model for the CPD cycle.
How online assessment can help with CPD and save you money at the same time?
Our online assessments can support you during Stages 2 and 6. They are simple to use and provide a benchmark of the knowledge that people have, thus identifying the gaps and learning needs. This avoids wasting time asking people to undertake training that they do not need thus saving time and money. Click here
for more detailed information about the cost savings that can be achieved by using online assessments.
Not only can you save time and money but the assessments will provide you with clear evidence of whether an individual has the knowledge to meet the Standard, or not. This is something that traditional classroom based training events do not usually do. It is possible that e-learning programs will provide you with a quiz or assessment at the end but these are taken immediately after the learning when it is likely that the individual will recall most of what they have learnt.
The forgetting curve
shows that people retain very little information, in fact, as little as six days later a person will have forgotten 90% of what they saw unless they are exposed to the learning again and again over a period of time. The online assessments can be taken at any time which means they could be used to support the annual appraisal and development review process as well as part of the induction period, but also to support supervision on an on-going basis.
Helpfully, the assessment results show the length of time that it has taken for an individual to take the assessment and the length of time taken to discuss the results can be recorded in the “supporting evidence”. These clearly show the amount of time that has been spent for the individual undertaking development activities.
How can we help you to overcome the barriers to CPD described by Skills for Care
Below are the identified barriers. Whilst we will not be able to solve all of your problems, we can solve many of them and go a long way to supporting you with the others. Here are some ideas against each barrier.