The e-Assessment Question Virtual Conference
The e-Assessment Question Virtual Conference, replacing the conference which could not take place in April due to Coronavirus took place in June and July 2020. We had an exciting series of nine presentation webinars from stimulating speakers and panel sessions.
WEEK ONE – FUTURE GAZING & INNOVATION
The opening webinar started with Dr Maren Deepwell, CEO of the Association for Learning Technology who kicks of this week and Virtual Conference with a keynote reflecting on the past 25 years of learning technology and how the current COVID-19 crisis may affect our views. The ‘looking ahead’ theme was developed further looking at how the e-assessment community can support the new skills strategy and the lessons to be learned from national implementation of digital assessment elsewhere. A focus on 21st century skills and how they are being approached was covered as well as some innovative developments in assessment of mathematics, English and the use of machine learning and ‘big data’.
WEEK TWO – ASSESSMENT AND PRACTICAL IMPLEMENTATION
Our speakers in these themed webinars have been involved in significant and large-scale implementations in assessment. The sessions included examples of how international awarding organisations leverage the use of online assessment to provide relevant and valid testing on a global scale. Presenters examined how this impacts on regulation and strategy for a nation, approaches in HE and dealing with the ever-present realities of malpractice. Examples of secure delivery of assessments in challenging circumstances were discussed demonstrating that technology is often not the issue in making change.
WEEK THREE – TECHNOLOGY, HE AND REGULATION
The e-Assessment Association brought together speakers of international reputation who are leading research and development into areas of assessment that many may not even know exist. New approaches to assessing students’ conceptual understanding were considered, together with insightful case studies in the HE sector. The contributors are prominent thought-leaders in their sectors – not only from a research viewpoint, but also from practical implementation at scale. The week ended with a look at the implications of data protection legislation on the way in which testing can be conducted including a discussion with representatives from the national regulators across the UK.