Conduct an interview to support written material

Formats and tools

Unit Description
Reconstruct the unit from the xml and display it as an HTML page.
Assessment Tool
an assessor resource that builds a framework for writing an assessment tool
Assessment Template
generate a spreadsheet for marking this unit in a classroom environment. Put student names in the top row and check them off as they demonstrate competenece for each of the unit's elements and performance criteria.
Assessment Matrix
a slightly different format than the assessment template. A spreadsheet with unit names, elements and performance criteria in separate columns. Put assessment names in column headings to track which performance criteria each one covers. Good for ensuring that you've covered every one of the performance criteria with your assessment instrument (all assessement tools together).
Wiki Markup
mark up the unit in a wiki markup codes, ready to copy and paste into a wiki page. The output will work in most wikis but is designed to work particularly well as a Wikiversity learning project.
Evidence Guide
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
Unit of Competency Mapping – Information for Teachers/Assessors – Information for Learners. A template for developing assessments for a unit, which will help you to create valid, fair and reliable assessments for the unit, ready to give to trainers and students
Observation Checklist
create an observation checklist for workplace assessment and RPL applicants. This is similar to the evidence guide above, but a little shorter and friendlier on your printer. You will also need to create a seperate Assessor Marking Guide for guidelines on gathering evidence and a list of key points for each activity observed using the unit's range statement, required skills and evidence required (see the unit's html page for details)

Self Assessment Survey
A form for students to assess thier current skill levels against each of the unit's performance criteria. Cut and paste into a web document or print and distribute in hard copy.
Moodle Outcomes
Create a csv file of the unit's performance criteria to import into a moodle course as outcomes, ready to associate with each of your assignments. Here's a quick 'how to' for importing these into moodle 2.x
Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver DEFGEN018, 'Conduct an interview to support written material'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
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Elements and Performance Criteria



Elements describe the essential outcomes

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised text is used, further information is detailed in the range of conditions section.

1. Prepare for the interview

1.1 Research and document background information before the interview.

1.2 Seek guidance from a senior reporter or the editor on the most suitable person to be interviewed.

1.3 Establish time and place for the interview with the subject.

1.4 Set interview objectives and plan questions in advance, taking constraints into consideration.

1.5 Check equipment for serviceability.

1.6 Rectify and report any equipment faults, obtain replacement or take an alternative approach where faults cannot be rectified.

2. Establish interview parameters with subject

2.1 Identify own publication and provide necessary background information to the subject.

2.2 Seek permission to tape the interview from the subject.

2.3 Discuss and agree on relevant interview methods with the subject.

2.4 Discuss and confirm scope and length of the interview with the subject.

3. Conduct an interview

3.1 Tape relevant information about the interview where permission is granted.

3.2 Invite subject to expand key points, to present all relevant material or to clarify matters by asking questions.

3.3 Invite subject to provide information for future stories.

4. Verify information as necessary

4.1 Check and confirm details with the subject after the interview.

4.2 Provide transcript of the interview to the subject to check for factual accuracy.

4.3 Confirm accuracy of the information provided by asking other sources.

5. Archive interview material

5.1 Store interview transcripts as per publication policies.

5.2 Make archived material available only to approved people on request.

Qualifications and Skillsets

DEFGEN018 appears in the following qualifications:

  • DEF40417 - Certificate IV in Defence Reporting