Connections Course 1: Introduction to Assessment in Early Learning


Hello and welcome to Connections Course One: Introduction to Assessment in Early Learning

Hello and Welcome to the Journey

Welcome to An Introduction to Assessment in Early Learning, the first of our three Connections Courses. These courses have been specifically designed for educators working in Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care programs (ELCC), however, much of the content and concepts are relevant to educators working with children in a wide variety of Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) settings.

The courses are offered in an asynchronous, or self-paced way. We acknowledge that it can be challenging to fit additional training and education into your busy lives. Therefore, we suggest you work through the content week-by-week, at your own pace.

Once you complete each module you will have access to the following one. You will still be able to return to content you have reviewed in prior modules whenever you wish.

Throughout the course there are invitations to complete activities, questionnaires, and journal entries. This will help you keep track of your learning as you move through the content. There is also a section with additional readings and a glossary section for you to access at any time.

Throughout this first course you will be invited to think about assessment holistically; consider the value of using non-standard assessment methods; and reflect on assessment within the context of IELCC settings.

Learning Outcomes:

We have endeavored to share Canadian resources and articles that explore this content and where possible we focus on working in an Indigenous context.

We look forward to sharing and learning with you.

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Course Includes

  • 6 Modules
  • 18 Lessons

Scenario-based learning allows learners to view situations from different perspectives, encouraging thoughtful reflection. Applying learning in a more practical way can help to build confidence and gives the learner the ability to transfer knowledge to real-life work. You will see how best practices might look in action, determine alternate strategies you could implement in these situations, and reflect on your own experiences as a care provider.

Your task is to take on the perspective of the provider within the scenario and determine:

  • What worked well?
  • What, if anything, could be done differently?

Remember, it is not the job of providers to diagnose children. Instead, we can do our best to create safe childcare ecosystems that promote social emotional well-being and support children and their diverse range of behaviours. This will be important to keep in mind while navigating the scenarios in Module 4.