Encouraging Teacher growth through self-assessment

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A design thinking approach to encourage professional growth

A Teacher Self-Assessment Tool was created, empowering teachers to discover their strengths and identify development opportunities, to take action and grow. Through our iterative design thinking process, we tapped into teachers' motivation to improve not only for themselves but for their students.




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Discovery & Ideation

Australian teachers are self-assessment and professional development super-stars. Websilk investigated ways to fuel this appetite for growth within the teaching space. Both AITSL and Websilk shared an obsession to achieve this outcome as both understand that there’s always room for even the slightest of improvements.

To understand our challenge, we held workshops, focus groups and user surveys to ask and understand the following questions;

• Why do teachers undertake the Teacher Self-Assessment?
• What outcomes do teachers expect from the TSAT?
• What did teachers actually get out of the TSAT?
• What were the long run outcomes of completing the TSAT?

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Mapping the user journey

2 challenges needed to be solved through our engagement & design.

How could we turn focus area strength results into REAL tangible actions that teachers can do? And what is the most engaging way to provoke interaction/action leading to personal growth?

To be able to understand and solve the challenges, we mapped the user journey based on data and insights available from our user research program involving more than 30 teachers across Australia.


Deployment is not the end it's the beginning - Continuous prototyping & refinement is at the heart of our design process

Once we had designed a prototype, we invited teachers to participate in Alpha Testing. By capturing teacher's direct experience, we were able to alliteratively shape the priorities and direction of the TSAT development.

TSAT Beore and After UAT

The development of the TSAT tool empowers Australian Teachers to continue being the super-stars that they are.