The Faculty of Education is pleased to introduce a growing suite of evidence-based educational software designed to support teachers and teacher candidates across all sectors of education, including early childhood, primary, secondary, tertiary, and vocational education and training (VET).
All products in the educational software suite are developed in consultation with the local and international educational community in response to their and their students’ identified needs.
They each have the common goal of improving learning and life outcomes for students in all sectors through the continuous improvement of:
- Educational knowledge
- Tailored modification of teaching programs.
The products utilise technology to collate, analyse and assess an ever-increasing trove of educational information on both micro (individual) and macro scales. Assessments may also indicate intervention and other modifications to teaching practice and knowledge when appropriate.
All products in the suite are developed by internationally renowned educators and academics within the University of Melbourne's Faculty of Education, a world leader in teaching and learning.
Educator Capability Assessment Tools
The Centre for Program Evaluation (CPE) is developing a set of online Educator Capability Assessment Tools (EdCAT) to support the continual evaluation of teacher skills and capabilities, from the time a prospective teacher candidate first applies for entry into a teacher education course through to the advanced levels of professional practice.
Teacher Capability Assessment Tool (TCAT)
TCAT uses a sophisticated mix of data, methods, analysis and interpretation to enable informed teacher selection and development.
Teacher Exit Capability and Assessment Tool (TEXCAT)
TEXTCAT uses a secure web-based platform to enable teacher accreditation authorities and educational institutions to assess a graduating teacher candidate’s pedagogical knowledge and skills. TEXCAT supports teacher recruitment processes, assists initial teacher education (ITE) institutions in planning and refining course offerings, and can be used by graduating teacher candidates to inform their professional development pathway.
Visible Classroom enables real-time classroom teaching and student responses to be transcribed and analysed, to provide high-quality feedback direct to the teacher, together with relevant teaching metrics. The information is also stored in a cloud-based content management system for the teacher’s later use. In this way, teachers acquire a trove of lessons and other information that they are able to review, compare, analyse, modify, and develop further over time, as may be appropriate for changing needs and circumstances.
Melbourne Assessment Online Tools
Melbourne Assessment has developed a range of online assessment and reporting tools that teachers can use to assess and receive feedback on the learning progress of their students.
SWANs (Students with Additional Needs)
SWANs provides assessment, planning and teaching advice to assist teachers working with students with additional needs.
Ruby-digital assessment and certification
From planning to reporting, Ruby is a secure, intelligent and reliable digital assessment platform revolutionising competency-based education.
Ruby is a world-class, easily navigable platform designed, developed and delivered by Melbourne Assessment. Informed by nearly a decade of research, and responding to genuine concerns from teachers, Ruby is the future of evidence-based assessment in the classroom.
A key feature of Ruby is the capacity to provide immediate, clear and accurate reports to multiple audiences, including:
- provision of convenient summary of student’s overall learning across skill areas.
- generation of progress and readiness profiles by class/school/student.
Ruby is available anywhere, at any time, with this secure information accessible on digital devices including tablets and mobile phones.
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