Professional Learning

Our Professional Learning courses provide essential skills and knowledge to support your school's assessment strategy.

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How it works

Structured in a flexible modular format, our professional learning can be delivered via customised face-to-face seminars or webinars. Courses that include a practical component can be tailored to best suit the needs of your school. We also offer public webinars* at set dates throughout the year.

Educators at all levels will benefit from familiarisation with the principles presented in this selection of Professional Learning courses.

Courses

Putting rigour into assessment

What it is

This course is a three module offering that provides educators with the skills and knowledge to evaluate school assessments and consider the range of cognitive processes they assess. The course considers the Hess Cognitive Rigour Matrix, an internationally renowned combined model developed by Dr Karin Hess. The course draws on the work of scholars such as Drs Karin Hess, Norman Webb and Benjamin Bloom. Using the Hess Cognitive Rigour Matrix, participants will be able to evaluate the type and depth of thinking required of learners to successfully engage with and solve a task.

Course objectives

  • Apply the Hess Cognitive Rigour Matrix to the assessment used in their school
  • Appraise the range of cognitive skills that are being assessed
  • Generate assessments that can scaffold students into deeper thinking

Who is it for

This course is suitable for primary teachers, secondary teachers and school leaders.

How is it delivered

  • Customised face-to-face seminar
  • Customised webinar
  • Public webinar

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Select response item writing

What it is

Item writing is a task that requires imagination and creativity, while also adhering to assessment frameworks and general item construction principles. This Professional Learning course is a two module offering, delivered by UNSW Global's experts who have been writing high quality select response items for over 30 years.

The first module focuses on the underlying theory for developing assessment items, and the second module provides educators with hands on practice in writing their own. Both modules explore and summarise the critical elements required for writing effective select response items.

Course objectives

  • Understand and apply the principles of assessment to the composition of select-response items
  • Create assessment items that encourage deep thinking, through the application of the Hess Cognitive Rigour Matrix
  • Effectively evaluate the quality of the item by undertaking review processes

Who is it for

This course is suitable for primary teachers, secondary teachers and school leaders.

How is it delivered

  • Customised face-to-face seminar
  • Customised webinar
  • Public webinar

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Data analysis and interpretation

What it is

This course provides educators with deeper insight into how student performance can be measured. With so much data driven assessment taking place in modern education, it also offers an opportunity to learn how schools can get more from their data. This course has no customised content.

We explore questions such as:

  • What makes scaled scores more meaningful than raw scores?
  • How do schools triangulate their data?
  • How can we account for student variation?
  • Does student background matter?

Course objectives

  • Describe different educational measurement theories and how they apply to the Australian context
  • Understand the best strategies for managing school level data
  • Describe and evaluate the effectiveness of data to support teaching and learning

Who is it for

This course is suitable for school leaders, heads of department, curriculum leaders and teachers wishing to learn more about data.

How is it delivered

  • Face-to-face seminar
  • Webinar
  • Public webinar

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Seminars

Designer sentences

What it is

Research has shown that the critical period for language acquisition is from birth to the onset of puberty. The explicit teaching of grammar and punctuation in the primary school years is therefore essential if students are to confidently manipulate their use of language for a variety of contexts during their high school years and beyond.

UNSW Global is proud to offer primary educators a free professional learning opportunity focused on best practice in teaching grammar and punctuation.

Join us for the opportunity to experience hands-on activities and techniques for teaching grammar from a leading literacy expert. Please note there are two sessions, it is recommended that participants attend both sessions to get the full benefit.

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*Public webinars offered at a lower cost.