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Designing Student Friendly Assessment Tools


Tried & tested techniques for designing assessment tools

Well-designed assessment tools are appreciated by both students and assessors.

We know that poorly designed assessment tools negatively impact the student experience, add to marking time, increase the need for student support and the likelihood of resubmissions.

In this webinar, instructional designer Tony Kirton will share some of his tried and tested techniques for designing assessment tools that go beyond meeting our compliance obligations.

You will get an exclusive insight into four techniques that will provide your students with a positive assessment experience while improving the overall quality of your assessment tools.

You will learn:

  • How to write assessment instructions in a way that lowers the cognitive load required to understand them
  • Tony’s three techniques for writing assessment questions that set the student up for success
  • Graphic design principles for formatting that will help your students easily navigate your assessments
  • When and how to break down an assessment task in a way that improves navigation and understanding

To get you started, Tony will share his latest and never before released assessment templates.

This session is aimed at practitioners looking for techniques to improve assessment design that go beyond the basics covered in the Certificate IV and Diplomas in Training and Education.

One of our primarily roles as assessment designers is to create materials that enable the student to focus on the task rather than try to decipher or navigate the assessment tool itself.


Webinar Details

Date: Wednesday 16 September 2020

Time: 10.30am AEST (Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane)

Duration: 1 hour

Investment: $45.00 inc GST.

 Book by Monday 7 September 2020 using the discount code  GROWTH  to receive a 10% discount.

         Discount! for VET PD Series subscribers - Use your Voucher Code when registering.


Skills Education Growth Week

Skills Education Growth Week is especially designed to help you connect, grow and strengthen. Over the week from 14-18 September 2020, eight experts in their field will focus on people, products and processes for RTOs and VET practitioners to grow their:

  • Business
  • Ideas
  • Compliance skills
  • Facilitation techniques
  • Digital capabilities


Tony Kirton - Senior Instructional Designer & Facilitator at Engage Learning & Development

Tony is an instructional designer and workshop facilitator with more than twelve years’ experience in learning and development. Founder and senior designer at resource design consultancy Engage Learning and Development (formerly DES Learning), which contracts to the public and private sector, Tony develops traditional learning programs as well as e-learning using Articulate Storyline. Tony has extensive experience in the application of learning design theory, having designed many training programs and hundreds of assessment resources.

Tony’s recent instructional design projects include major programs for:

  • Update of Diploma of Government (Workplace Inspection) for SafeWork NSW.
  • Development of multiple assessment tools for ACE Training Centre (Toll Helicopters).
  • Design of assessment resources and templates for Connect Skills Institute (Real Estate qualifications).
  • Australasia International School - Designing learning tools for Diplomas of Leadership and Management and Project Management, specifically for students with English as a second language.

Known for his engaging and evidence-based approach to workplace learning, Tony also facilitates training with some of Australia’s leading training providers including the Velg Training, the Insources Group, the Australian Institute of Management, NSW Health and SafeWork NSW.

Continuing to extend his expertise and keep up-to-date with the latest practices in learning and development, Tony recently completed a four-month leadership program with the University of Michigan. He is currently completing an Instructional Design and Technology MicroMasters program with the University of Maryland (USA).


A Statement of Attendance is issued on completion of live event activities.


Note the video recording of the live event will be available to all participants for 30 days after the event.



The following statements are received when the course is completed:

Skills Education Statement of Attendance
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