University of Plymouth Case Study – Evidence collection & End Point Assessment for Degree Apprenticeships
In February 2020, as part of a practitioner-led webinar series, Emma Purnell from the University of Plymouth, UK, discusses how thoughtful and purposeful learning design can not only help learners gather and collate comprehensive evidence against multiple standards and learning outcomes as part of their Degree Apprenticeship, but also act as a framework for End Point Assessment (EPA).
"Very early on we realised that evidence needed to be collated in an efficient way that meant multiple learning outcomes were covered by a particular piece of evidence."
The University of Plymouth has been running a Level 6 Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA) for approximately 3 years.
In December 2019, the first group of students completed their degree and received their Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Apprenticeship accreditation after going through their end-point assessment with assessors
from the CMI.
Although set in a CMDA context, this webinar will appeal to all who are looking for ways to support learners with gathering and collating comprehensive evidence against multiple Standards and Learning Outcomes.
In the webinar, Emma shares the design and discusses the implementation of the End Point Assessment (EPA) portfolio in PebblePad. It looks at the processes put in place to help students collate, tag and streamline the evidence that they would then attach to their EPA portfolio.
Their portfolio approach focused on how to present the evidence needed mapped against the CMDA standards in the most straightforward way possible for learners and assessors. Within a PebblePad workbook, they used a combination of collections, checklists and reflective text boxes to provide a structure in which learners could piece together the evidence needed.
"We needed to support students in understanding what makes a good piece of evidence - that is more difficult that the technology side of things."
In the webinar, Emma draws attention to a range of things practitioners designing frameworks for evidence collection and End Point Assessment should consider. Below we’ve highlighted Emma’s three top tips for success from the webinar.
Top Tip Number One
Top Tip Number Two
Top Tip Number Three
Check with your end point assessor what their requirements are before you design the assessment or portfolio in PebblePad.
In the early stages of the degree apprenticeship it is important to familiarise students with both PebblePad and the Apprenticeship standards, but it’s not always necessary to share the EPA portfolio itself immediately.
Students can be familiarised with PebblePad through an activity such as keeping a learning journal and completing weekly activities that can be reused when it comes time to transition to the EPA portfolio.
As students are uploading evidence, encourage them to get into the habit of tagging the asset with the relevant learning outcomes (which can be shared through cascading tags in the workbook).