Chris Thatcher Cambridge Solutions
e- assessment The Way to Go!!
“ Not everything that counts, can be counted.  Not everything that can be counted, counts.” Albert Einstein
Testing vvs Assessment Are testing and assessment the same thing? Many seem to think that it is but is there a difference?...
<ul><li>Testing  is a thing – something you do to measure something.
Assessment  is a process – a combination of many things  including testing , observation etc. that you can draw together t...
is a decision, a judgement if you like, about what the next step is to be.
It explains the  why  of assessment.
It is (so far at least) a human judgement but maybe ......... </li></ul>
What is e-assessment? <ul><li>Assessment by another name
Nothing new
Uses existing technology
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  • These questions are for debate – I don&apos;t have the answers and don&apos;t profess to know. Testing suggests an external and imposed systematic process. Assessment suggests that there is a much more continuous process and that the person being assessed is part of the process. Wikipedia says: “E-assessment can be used to assess cognitive and practical abilities. Cognitive abilities are assessed using e-testing software; practical abilities are assessed using e-portfolios or simulation software.”
  • Assessment is still assessment and the fact that it&apos;s electronic doesn&apos;t change what it is trying to achieve. BUT perhaps it can achieve some things more easily. Existing technology is starting to include mobile devices Opportunities to do things that could not be done before.
  • Opportunities such as: A new way of looking at assessment Could be delivered as needed (not as determined) Personalisation External factors (some): Connectivity Suitable hardware capable of running whatever software is needed
  • Important to question if it is the “e” element that creates the opportunity for a re-think or if the re-think was necessary anyway Suspect that the whole nature and purpose of education along with the process and methodology (based on over 200 years of history) of delivery is dated anyway and new thinking about effective learning and the need to personalise learning is the key driver The “e” bit just facilitates it.
  • Cambridge Solutions E Assessment

    1. 1. Chris Thatcher Cambridge Solutions
    2. 2. e- assessment The Way to Go!!
    3. 3. “ Not everything that counts, can be counted. Not everything that can be counted, counts.” Albert Einstein
    4. 4. Testing vvs Assessment Are testing and assessment the same thing? Many seem to think that it is but is there a difference? If so, what is it?
    5. 5. <ul><li>Testing is a thing – something you do to measure something.
    6. 6. Assessment is a process – a combination of many things including testing , observation etc. that you can draw together to a diagnosis </li></ul><ul><li>Diagnosis
    7. 7. is a decision, a judgement if you like, about what the next step is to be.
    8. 8. It explains the why of assessment.
    9. 9. It is (so far at least) a human judgement but maybe ......... </li></ul>
    10. 10. What is e-assessment? <ul><li>Assessment by another name
    11. 11. Nothing new
    12. 12. Uses existing technology
    13. 13. Presents opportunities
    14. 14. Creates new methodologies </li></ul><ul><li>Just as (if not more) rigorous
    15. 15. Anywhere anytime
    16. 16. Often simply testing – NOT assessment or diagnosis so beware!! </li></ul>
    17. 17. Advantages / disadvantages <ul>Advantages <li>Speed of delivery
    18. 18. Anytime anywhere
    19. 19. Developing new paradigms
    20. 20. Presents opportunities </li></ul><ul>Disadvantages <li>Same old same old (if allowed to be)
    21. 21. Relies on external factors
    22. 22. Can be simply an old test with a fancy new look </li></ul>
    23. 23. E-assessment – traditional vvs innovative <ul>Traditional <li>Sticks to existing curricula models
    24. 24. Assesses (tests) only what is required by current models
    25. 25. Is a vehicle for change only in that it gives a new way to do old things </li></ul><ul>Innovative <li>Causes a re-evaluation of learning models (from curriculum to teaching methods)
    26. 26. Engages the learner in her own learning
    27. 27. Gives opportunity for a complete re-evaluation of the learning / teaching process
    28. 28. Institutions re-examine their overall philosophy </li></ul>
    29. 29. Experiences <ul>Many companies developing e-assessment schemes <li>Must be critical and seek innovation
    30. 30. Assessment DOESN'T start from where we are now but from where we want to go!
    31. 31. Thailand has to overcome many issues before it can grasp this (see right) </li></ul><ul><li>Most (current) e-assessment is in English
    32. 32. Most e-assessment relies on good reliable fast internet connections
    33. 33. Companies developing solutions need to be able to demonstrate a good business model </li></ul>
    34. 34. Final thoughts <ul><li>Think MK (yes the restaurant chain!)
    35. 35. Solutions created by others are a) out-of-date and b) not necessarily appropriate to Thailand
    36. 36. Skills and competencies are the way to go
    37. 37. Create self-managers, creative thinkers, innovators, enterprise, reflection, learners who learn how to learn </li></ul>
    38. 38. http://www.lcci.org.uk/placementtests/ http://www.ediplc.com/envq%20tour/envqtour.html http://www.goalonline.co.uk/Examples/seal/SealLoader.html http://www.goalonline.co.uk/Examples/EnglishPrimaryLoader.html
    39. 39. Useful to look at <ul><li>www.efutures.org/docs/guide.pdf
    40. 40. http://www.jiscinfonet.ac.uk/InfoKits/effective-use-of-VLEs/e-assessment/index_html
    41. 41. http://www.futurelab.org.uk/resources/publications-reports-articles/literature-reviews/Literature-Review204
    42. 42. http://www.futurelab.org.uk/events/listing/beyond-the-exam/presentations
    43. 43. http://www.futurelab.org.uk/resources/publications-reports-articles/vision-magazine/VISION-Article880
    44. 44. http://www.exsol.org/
    45. 45. http://www.demos.co.uk/publications/beyondmeasure
    46. 46. http://www.camb-ed.net/pbyp/
    47. 47. http://www.futurelab.org.uk/resources/publications-reports-articles/vision-magazine/VISION-Article880 </li></ul>Contact: [email_address] 08 5064 8884

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