Learning Assistant - Our City & Guilds-approved NVQ ePortfolio System
What is Learning Assistant?
Learning Assistant is the e-portfolio system used by ATC Risk Management for delivering our vocational health and safety NVQ qualifications.
With Learning Assistant, our candidates build their portfolios online, submitting evidence for assessment as they progress. Our assessors and verifiers then review the submissions, with all feedback recorded within the system.
Access to the portfolio can also be given to the candidate's employer or an expert witness.
Benefits for Candidates
Candidates no longer need to use paper portfolios. Using Learning Assistant's e-portfolio system means that weighty lever arch folders are a thing of the past. With an internet connection, candidates are able to access their e-portfolio at any time, now working at their own speed, from any location.
The Course Folder is split into units, elements, and performance criteria (to match exactly the Candidates NVQ). The folder also holds the NVQ standards that need to be met. Key documentation, such as course notes, are added electronically. This central store of material allows candidates to work where and when they please. There is no longer the need to have hardcopy notes - everything is viewable on the screen. Candidates can readily see their progression through the qualification.
As candidates build their e-portfolio, Learning Assistant allows them to store and manage documents online. Candidates record work which is used as evidence of "standards achieved". All evidence is stored in the Evidence Folder, and can be recorded in any digital format, from Microsoft Word documents to video files. Uploading evidence is no more difficult than attaching a document to an email. Once uploaded, a piece of evidence can be cross-referenced into any section of the qualification, and then electronically submitted for assessment. Assessors, internal and external verifiers can then review the work as necessary.
Learning Assistant accelerates learning by bringing all key players in the learning process together, not bound by time or location. Assessors can assess the candidate's work as it's completed, without the need to visit the candidate's workplace. This increases assessment turnaround time, and allows candidates to work at the pace that suits them.
The relationship between candidates and their assessors and verifier is supported through the provision of an online "Contact Diary". This delivers a private, personalised record of the learning strategy agreed. Feedback on progress and summaries of one-to-one reviews can be recorded here, so that when the verifier looks at an e-portfolio they see the complete audit trail.
Candidates can collaborate online in real-time. Learning Assistant's Forums encourage the exchange of best practice, and candidates are able to tap into a rich support base throughout the learning cycle.
With Learning Assistant, candidates are truly empowered to manage their own learning. Freed from the constraints of traditional health and safety training methods, learners are able to work anywhere, at anytime, without having to sacrifice the vital support of their trainers. The result is a personalised, collaborative learning program that accelerates learning, and improves the quality of the learning experience.
The NVQ Level 3 in Occupational Health and Safety Practice is aimed at those who wish to achieve formal qualification in occupational health and safety at a level equivalent to the NEBOSH General Certificate. It is suitable for people who are new into a health and safety role, or managers who wish to formalise their knowledge and understanding of health and safety in the workplace.
The NVQ Diploma Level 5 in Occupational Health and Safety Practice (formerly the NVQ Level 4 in Occupational Health & Safety Practice) is aimed at health and safety practitioners who wish to achieve a formal qualification in occupational safety and health management, for those wishing to progress to a career in health and safety, and for those seeking Chartered Membership of IOSH.