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AIM Awards Guidelines for Tutors

Collecting Evidence of Learning.
It is important that both students and tutors develop a portfolio to provide evidence of the learning that has taken place to support requests for certification. These portfolios are as important as the results from the written and practical assessments.

Tutors' portfolios should contain lesson notes form classroom sessions, written notes about students' learning that has been observed during question and answer sessions or group discussions, photographs and audio or video recordings. Probably the most valuable of these types of evidence are notes from question and answer sessions and group discussions.

Student portfolios should contain worksheets that support a lesson, written question and answer sheets that are used as a follow up to a lesson and a reflective log/diary to allow the student to recount what he/she has learnt during a lesson.

AIM Awards puts great value on reflective logs and diaries and regards them as an essential piece of evidence for all levels of the course thus making them a prescribed method of assessing attainment as part of the candidate’s record of course achievement.

All this supporting evidence helps tutors, assessors and moderators to identify the level at which students are working. For instance in group discussions and question and answer sessions an entry level student might only make a contribution when prompted by the tutor and will usually provide short answers to closed questions. A level two student is more likely to instigate discussion and will be able to respond to, and enlarge upon, open questions more readily.

Candidate Records of Course Work Achievement
When filling in these records please note that an entry needs to be made in the third column regarding how evidence of learning was collected and recorded. Please note that just one or two of the options should be recorded in this column. It is unlikely that oral questions and answers, written work, descriptions and group discussions would all be a component of one lesson.

The Written Paper
Please note that this part of the assessment should be conducted in exam conditions.

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