The Psittacus Systems CEAT™ System is a ‘Back to Basics’ approach of Assessment and improving the way people learn online.
The System itself is an Accredited System, meeting the strict guidelines set by Awarding Organisations regulated by OfQual. In order to meet these guidelines, CEAT™ System needs to ensure that the opportunity to manipulate learner’s results is eliminated. This approach, is the reason why the CEAT™ System is able to provide 100% Online Regulated Qualifications, without the need of an ‘Invigilator lead’ assessment or exam, as the CEAT™ System does this part itself!
Simple really…you can cheat every online learning management system which is already available, simply hand over the login details and someone else can do the test for you.
Online learning is used in virtually every organisation large and small today… but there is no way of proving who actually took the Online Test or Exam… until NOW!
With the CEAT™ System, when a learner starts an Assessment or Exam which has been assigned to them for completion they need to take the following steps:
The Blended Learning Environment offers both CPD and Regulated Qualifications, both using the same CEAT™ System, this sets a new level within the world of online learning and education and this makes the CEAT™ System the most robust and only Online Learning Management System which CANNOT BE CHEATED OR MANIPULATED, therefore providing the ONLY Learning Management System in the UK which can host and then deliver Ofqual Regulated Qualifications, 100% Online.
When developing the CEAT™ Software, developers looked at how learning, assessments, exams, courses, qualifications, tests etc are currently delivered in the classroom and simply applied the same techniques to an online platform.
We looked at the technology available coupled with a little bit of smart coding to minimise manipulation and to ensure that a true measure of a learners knowledge is achieved, online…we have achieved this and more!
As with any training, it is about learning and putting that learning into practice. When a learner attends a traditional classroom-training course, at the end, they receive a Certificate of Attendance. What does this prove?
With a controlled environment test, we can measure how much a person has actually absorbed when they have completed any type of training or learning, going back to basics as you would at school.
The CEAT™ System uses an A-E grading system which is easily recognised by all, not all learners are ‘Grade A Students’ but that does not make them incapable of doing their job to a high standard, as long as they have the knowledge which is relevant to their job role in any given subject. By using the grading system, this is easily measured by the Learner or Employer. Employers are responsible for ensuring that their staffs have the necessary skills and knowledge to carry out their jobs effectively and safely. The Grading System is an easy to understand tool, which employers can adapt in many ways for lots of different job roles and the different members of staff carrying out those jobs.
For example a member of staff working with food all of the time would be expected and required to have a higher level of knowledge of food safety than a member of staff who occasionally handles food. The Grading System also allows an organisation to determine the knowledge levels of all of their staff which can be incorporated into their recruitment and selection process, this is something which has been recommended in recent high profile reports.
Set Pass Marks and Grades With the CEAT™, pass rates can be set in accordance with the individual organisation’s minimum standards, individual learners ability or recommended guidelines and standards. These can be set verbally for individual staff or can be set globally to all staff through the settings within the CEAT™.
Essentially, the CEAT™ will produce a certificate for any subject when a learner scores 55% or above, unless the minimum pass mark is set by the learners Manager. It is up to the Manager to monitor this and determine, based on risk assessments, knowing their staff, job roles etc if the Grade Attained is accepted.
The Number of Knowledge Test Attempts can be set to a maximum number so as learners are discouraged from potentially trying to guess the answers. If a manager feels that it is acceptable for a learner to have, for example, ‘3’ attempts at any particular subject, they can set this within the CEAT. The default setting is unlimited attempts.
This highlights two main outcomes if a learner has lots of attempts;
Psittacus has been designed to reduce the opportunity to manipulate grades by adopting various techniques and system settings:
All knowledge tests are written and developed by Subject Matter Experts and reviewed in accordance with the Following Policies which can be found in the Management Portal:
In accordance with the above Policies, learners are asked to complete an Online Evaluation and Reflective Practice, for their own records and their Managers records, at the same time, meeting the Professional CPD Requirements of the relevant industry for an individual’s portfolio. We also use this information to help improve the Assessment Process and using data collected when learners answer questions, we can determine if certain questions are causing difficulty or are consistently answered incorrectly, at which point this will be passed on to the Quality Assurance Team to be reviewed and changed if deemed necessary.
Hints and Tips – If an organisation has previously used e-Learning, it is advised that they review any courses and the various settings within Psittacus as the system is designed and will work differently to all other systems available, which is why it is has been Accredited to deliver Regulated Qualifications 100% Online.
We work with Universities, Training Providers, Higher Education, Awarding Organisations and Industry Bodies who use the Psittacus CEAT™ System to ensure that any Assessments and Exams are completed by the person who is taking the course or qualification. This enables organisations to look at new opportunities and reach a wider audience by ensuring the same level of invigilation is online as in the classroom.
Speak to us today to see how we can develop your Assessment or Exams 100% Online!
Original content can be found at: www.psittacus.systems/lms-and-e-learning/online-invigilation