Goal: Learners’ expectations are those of the digital age and from all sides the pressure is on to provide cost effective, robust and secure assessment for learning, examinations and qualifications.
At the same time, the tools and technologies are evolving.
The conference addresses these elements, issues that provide opportunities and risks that must be balanced and faced head on.
For many years we have been discussing when e-Assessment will be become mainstream. With the exception of high stakes schools qualifications, that day has arrived. Yet despite traditional paper based assessment being inefficient, costly and prone to ridicule by the Facebook generation, e-Assessment delivery still faces many challenges:
• how to achieve the cost benefits we all expect,
• how to manage the risks,
• how to overcome press and public indifference, even hostility,
• how to make e-Assessment fully inclusive,
• how to deal with cyber security and candidate authentication,
• how to work in an international marketplace,
• how to deal with regulators and government,
• how to handle rapidly changing technology
• how to manage the expectations of digital natives.
The focus for the 16th annual international e-Assessment Question will be on how we respond to these and other challenges.
Our annual conference on e-Assessment and computer supported assessment and qualifications will be held on the 18th and 19th April 2018 at the America Square Conference Centre in the City of London.
Day One, 18th April 2018 will focus on designing, selecting and implementing e-Assessment from the classroom to the workplace.
Day Two, 19th April 2018 will focus on the management of robust and reliable e-Assessment from formative assessment to high stakes, summative qualifications.
Both days will look at the broad spectrum of e-assessment from the achievements to date, the lessons learnt and the opportunities taken to the development of systems and services that enable, enhance and define e-Assessment for vocational, professional and academic assessment.
Taken with developments in qualifications and the number of Government initiatives such as the apprenticeships programme, the opportunities to use technology in assessment should be increasing rapidly.
Delegates at the conference had the opportunity to win the latest version of the Raspberry PI (www.raspberrypi.org). The Raspberry Pi is the innovative, tiny and low cost computer that you can use to learn programming through fun, practical projects, it is already being used for e-Assessment and e-learning projects. Winner has been drawn and informed.