SUCCESS STORY

United Association Local 853 Sprinkler Fitters of Ontario

“All of our participants can have equal access to tests and other assessments, no matter where they are located now.”
Nicholas Smirnov
Director of Training
U.A. Local 853 Sprinkler Fitters of Ontario
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About
In Ontario, UA Local 853 is the only Training Delivery Agent (TDA) for sprinkler fitters designed by the MILTSD (Ministry of Immigration, Labour, Training and Skills Development). This TDA tracks sprinkler fitter apprentices registered with the government and offers them the opportunity to attend their trade school.
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ExamView and PointSolutions

Echo360 Streamlined UA Local 853’s Transition to a Post-COVID World

Before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, UA Local 853 used ExamView to generate fair assessments and stored them on an internal server accessible only at the training centre. COVID-19 prevented apprentices from taking exams at the centre, but UA Local 853 didn’t miss a beat by adding PointSolutions to facilitate weekly testing and online participation. Today, UA Local 853 creates exams with ExamView and continues to provide weekly testing and particiption opportunities via PointSolutions, allowing students to choose the best environment for their needs.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, UA Local 853 used ExamView to generate fair assessments and stored them on an internal server accessible only at the training centre. COVID-19 prevented apprentices from taking exams at the centre, but UA Local 853 didn’t miss a beat by adding PointSolutions to facilitate weekly testing and online participation. Today, UA Local 853 creates exams with ExamView and continues to provide weekly testing and particiption opportunities via PointSolutions, allowing students to choose the best environment for their needs.

Echo360's e3 Formula in Action

UA Local 853 uses Echo360 to better engage learners and regularly check for understanding through live polling, ensuring that apprentices have the skills needed to safely install sprinklers throughout Ontario.

Equity

UA Local 853 uses remote testing so trainees can go to a quiet place and log into exams on their preferred devices. This ensures that all test-takers can perform to the best of their ability.

Engagement

UA Local 853 uses PointSolutions to do knowledge checks on the fly, ensuring trainees both keep up with lectures and retain the information discussed. Word clouds and hotspots are especially handy for visual demonstrations.

Evidence

UA Local 853 sees higher retention rates since adding PointSolutions to its training courses. Specifically, learners with documented learning disabilities benefit from the extra knowledge checks to keep them on task.

3 Key Takeaways

Set Realistic Goals

Effective training depends on learners understanding what they are supposed to get out of each lesson. UA Local 853 uses both PointSolutions and ExamView to emphasize the most important pieces of information for a more efficient training experience.

Fair Assessments Are Essential

All test-takers deserve an equal opportunity to succeed but administrators may not have time to write multiple versions of assessments. UA Local 853 uses ExamView to generate up to 26 versions of tests, reducing the temptation to cheat while ensuring that everyone receives a fair exam.

Importance of Accessibility

With PointSolutions, UA Local 853 allows trainees to participate in polling on their smartphones, through web browsers, or with dedicated clickers to facilitate full participation. Nobody is left behind because they don’t have the right device.
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