How to conduct a Combined Assessment

The Combined Assessment is undertaken by both the First and Second Reviewer in an online meeting or face-to-face. In most cases, these meetings will be conducted online using separate workstations with both reviewers logged in to TELAS. As the lead reviewer, the First Reviewer is responsible for entering scores for the Combined Assessment in consultation with the Second Reviewer during the online meeting.

  1. First Reviewer role:  From your dashboard, select Combined Reviews -> Assigned -> Course Title -> Combined Assessment.  This view allows you to enter new scores agreed to by you and your second reviewer during your meeting.
  2. Second Reviewer role: From your dashboard, select Combined Reviews -> Comparative -> Course Title -> Comparative Assessment.   This view displays both the First and Second Reviewer individual scores side by side for comparison and reference purposes. It is only displayed in user dashboards after the First and Second Reviewers have both completed their individual assessments.
  3. Self-Assessment results: You will be emailed a copy of the institution’s Self-Assessment results for the course and which you both should compare to your own results. You are asked to comment on any significant difference between your individual assessments and the results of the institution’s assessment. Note that the institution’s self-assessment will have been conducted using a hard copy of the TELAS Framework.
  4. Suggested workflow: Although both reviewers have access to the Comparative Assessment, it may be more convenient for the Second Reviewer to view the Comparative Assessment while the First Reviewer views and enters the new scores in the Combined Assessment. Using this approach, the Second Reviewer can identify and flag differences in their respective scores, discuss these with the First Reviewer and agree on the Combined Assessment score – which the First Reviewer then inputs in the Combined Assessment form.
  5. Closing an assessment: Once Standard 8 is displayed in the combined assessment form, you will see three options – Pending, Save and Mark Complete. Save is selected if the assessment is incomplete and a subsequent meeting is required to continue with the assessment. Mark Complete generates the Combined Assessment Summary Report showing the level of eligibility for course accreditation and indicates you have finished the assessment. Pending is selected in the event that the First and Second Reviewers fail to agree on one or more success indicators. View a sample of the report here.
  6. Pending assessments: The course assessment Pending option is selected when the assessment is intentionally incomplete and must be referred to the TELAS Administrator because the First and Second Reviewers have failed to agree on the scores for one or more success indicators. If this happens, the First Reviewer must do three things prior to saving the assessment:
    – Select Unmark for any success indicators that are in question.
    – Add a comment below the relevant Performance Criteria describing your different positions as reviewers regarding those indicator(s) in question.
    – Select Pending to save and close the assessment which will then be referred to a third reviewer to score the blank Success Indicator(s) by taking into consideration the First and Second Reviewers individual assessments and comments.
  7. Summary Reports: Once a Combined Assessment is completed and saved, the First and Second Reviewers will find a Combined Assessment Summary Report in their respective dashboards under Combined Reviews -> Comparative -> Course Title -> Summaries. The Summary Report is also emailed to the institution’s Course Submitter and this report signals the end of the course assessment process, with the exception of the TELAS Administrator issuing a Course Accreditation Certificate.