Breakout Sessions

Event Schedule

Monday, September 27, 2021

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

  • Accessibility: From Special Accommodations to Equal Access Tuesday, September 28, 2021 | 11:15:AM - 11:55:AM BST According to the WHO, over 1 billion people, that is 15% of the world population, live with some form of disability. We have a responsibility to ensure that all our products and services are equally accessible to all candidates. An important trend that is emerging concerns a ...

  • Moving National Exams Online and Creating a Platform for Innovation in Assessment Tuesday, September 28, 2021 | 11:15:AM - 11:55:AM BST The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) is the government entity that administers the national senior secondary school qualification in New Zealand - the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA). Each year, 160,000 secondary school students enter the NCEA; most students complete their qualification with examinations. NZQA ...

  • SPONSOR SESSION (Examity) - Exam Delivery in the Digital Age: Moving Beyond the Pandemic Tuesday, September 28, 2021 | 11:15:AM - 11:55:AM BST When everything changed as the world dealt with a terrible pandemic, businesses had to scramble. Acceleration and adjustment were strategies that suddenly became vital as companies shut their doors and moved to a remote model. Many forethinking organizations had plans to go digital, however those ...

  • Technology-Based Assessment: Guidelines and Considerations for Testing in a Digital Environment Tuesday, September 28, 2021 | 11:15:AM - 11:55:AM BST The universe of assessment is expanding. New and innovative test designs, alternative delivery modalities, automated scoring, and integrated database applications have been fueled by digitalization and advances in technology. Although these innovations have the potential to increase the efficiency and validity of our assessments, there ...

  • The Role of AI in Re-Bundling of Measurement and Learning Tuesday, September 28, 2021 | 11:15:AM - 11:55:AM BST It was 2001 when MP3 and iTunes disrupted the music industry by unbundling the content of the CD. Similar to that but much, much later, unbundling is now disrupting the education markets. In the old learning ecosystem, we used one-size-fits-all requisites: textbooks, standardized tests, degrees, resumes. ...

  • Virtual Performance Examinations: A Pandemic Pivot and Look to the Future Tuesday, September 28, 2021 | 11:15:AM - 11:55:AM BST The American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) is a national certifying body for anesthesiologists in the United States. The APPLIED Examination, as the last step for ABA initial certification, includes a Standardized Oral Examination (SOE) and an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE). In response to the ...

  • AI for Assessment Content Generation Tuesday, September 28, 2021 | 02:40:PM - 03:20:PM BST The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the push towards remote delivery of formative and summative assessments, further exacerbating the need for new items as well as the longstanding security concerns of item exposure. Meanwhile, increased demand for personalized learning and assessment is on the rise. One ...

  • Online Proctoring With Younger Test Takers - A Difference in Approach Tuesday, September 28, 2021 | 02:40:PM - 03:20:PM BST The rapid adoption of online proctoring, during the pandemic, resulted in uptake by sectors not previously engaged in this modality, with new test taker profiles, for example, younger learners, aged 16 and under. For test sponsors and proctoring providers alike, it was a delivery paradigm for ...

  • Practising Ethical Algorithms in Assessment Applications: Scientific, Operational and Legal Perspectives Tuesday, September 28, 2021 | 02:40:PM - 03:20:PM BST Algorithms are pervasive in testing as well-established methodologies for efficient program administration, from development and delivery to scoring and analytics, and from test security to organisational talent management. Algorithms are also an integral aspect of Artificial Intelligence (AI). A proposed EU regulation (https://digital-strategy.ec....

  • Security by Design - Innovative Items and Performance Elements in High-Stakes-Remote-Proctored Exams Tuesday, September 28, 2021 | 02:40:PM - 03:20:PM BST For many years before the COVID-19 Pandemic forced a wave of exams to migrate online, IT Certifications had been plagued by theft that challenged exam validity. Traditional methods of securing exams still allowed for massive losses of content with major impacts to exam validity and ...

  • SPONSOR SESSION (RM) - Responding to Emerging Assessment Trends in a Post-Pandemic World Tuesday, September 28, 2021 | 02:40:PM - 03:20:PM BST This session will look at some of the emerging trends in assessment, considering how we can build back better following the disruptions of the pandemic. It will build on RM?s experience in supporting organisations to transition to digital assessment, and will explore some of ...

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

  • Automatic Essay Scoring at CPA Canada - A Look into the Future of Al-Driven Grading and Feedback Wednesday, September 29, 2021 | 11:15:AM - 11:55:AM BST Automated Essay Scoring (AES) utilizes Machine Learning and AI to computer-grade written responses. The Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada partnered with Blees AI in the Summer of 2019 to build a first AES prototype to computer-grade constructed response assignments of their accounting students in the Professional ...

  • Perspectives: How Can Organisations Build More Inclusive Climates? Wednesday, September 29, 2021 | 11:15:AM - 11:55:AM BST In this interconnected and diverse world, we all need to work effectively with people who are different to us, whatever that difference may be. Ultimately this capability leads to better outcomes for the individual and the organisation, fostering an environment which enables collaboration, innovation, and ...

  • Reinventing Authentic Assessment in France With Performance-Based PCIs Wednesday, September 29, 2021 | 11:15:AM - 11:55:AM BST Teaching mathematics and science requires much more than simply imparting core knowledge and ideas. Students must immerse themselves in practices that allow them to develop cross-curricular skills such as calculating, modeling, problem-solving, and reasoning if they are to succeed in a world that increasingly utilizes ...

  • SPONSOR SESSION (TAO) - Bringing the Sharing Economy to Education through Open Source & Open Standards Wednesday, September 29, 2021 | 11:15:AM - 11:55:AM BST Open source is often a key factor for government institutions looking to adopt new educational software, due to the numerous benefits an open source license offers. Users can freely download the technology, and if they wish, access and modify the base code with their own ...

  • SPONSOR SESSION (Wiris) - Overcoming the Transition to Remote Assessment with WirisQuizzes Wednesday, September 29, 2021 | 11:15:AM - 11:55:AM BST Discover how to overcome the difficulty of providing a quality STEM assessment that doesn't rely on multiple choice questions, and keeps the student engaged. If you're already familiar with our tools, make sure to join to find out about the latest features!

  • Strategies to Maintain Security During Digitalisation: Remote Proctoring and Other Options Wednesday, September 29, 2021 | 11:15:AM - 11:55:AM BST The COVID-19 epidemic has absolutely accelerated the digital transformation of many assessment programs, both to online assessment and remote proctoring. In many ways, this acceleration is a blessing, but of course it is not easy. Moreover, it is unknown waters for many organizations. This presentation ...

  • Beat the Cheats: What's Different About Online Proctored Delivery? Wednesday, September 29, 2021 | 01:40:PM - 02:20:PM BST The adoption of online proctoring (OP) as a delivery methodology was already experiencing moderate growth, but since the global pandemic, that has accelerated significantly. As a result, the implications of moving exam volume to OP has become a hot topic across industry disciplines. Getting far ...

  • How Digitising Multilingual Certification Programmes Can Open Up New Markets Wednesday, September 29, 2021 | 01:40:PM - 02:20:PM BST Over the last 12 months we have been digitising our global content to deliver certification programmes worldwide. As a global TIC organisation with technical qualifications ranging from lead auditors to welders, many of our exams contain an essay, case study or practical element. We also cover ...

  • Implementing an Online Human Scoring System for National Assessment in Lithuania Wednesday, September 29, 2021 | 01:40:PM - 02:20:PM BST As the assessment industry becomes increasingly digitized, institutions need a streamlined and secure way of measuring assessments. While automated scoring can relieve the grading work for many types of assessment questions, there may still be test sections that require written responses, which are more nuanced ...

  • Innovation in Assessment: Accelerating Delivery of New Content Wednesday, September 29, 2021 | 01:40:PM - 02:20:PM BST SAP and Questionmark are accelerating the delivery of new assessment content with innovative machine translation. Join us for an in-depth look into machine translation and how to implement this to ensure your program seamlessly translates to the target language of choice. You will be able ...

  • SPONSOR SESSION (Pearson VUE) - In-Person or Online Delivery: Do You Have to Choose? Wednesday, September 29, 2021 | 01:40:PM - 02:20:PM BST Depending on what your exam is measuring, and the degree of risk involved, both play an important role in deciding which delivery modality you choose for your high-stakes certification programme. The pandemic has accelerated a shift in programmes adjusting to meet market needs, and flexibility ...

  • (Forcefully) Taking the Challenges of Oral Exams to the Digital World: Same Pitfalls or New Opportunities? Wednesday, September 29, 2021 | 02:50:PM - 03:30:PM BST Forced by the new reality of contact and travel restrictions, the widely spread and frequently organized oral exams, in which an examiner and a candidate have a face-to-face question-and-answer discussion, are now also being organized digitally from a distance. A study by the University of ...

  • Comparing the Performance of Candidates in Remote Versus Presential Assessment Centre: The Case of EPSO Competition Interrupted by COVID Wednesday, September 29, 2021 | 02:50:PM - 03:30:PM BST EPSO's mission is to serve the EU Institutions by providing high quality, efficient and effective selection procedures that enable them to recruit the right person, for the right job, at the right time. Every year EPSO organizes competitions, during the last phase of which candidates ...

  • From Paper Tests to Prototyping - Developing a New Framework to Create Complex Items and Simulations Without the Pain Wednesday, September 29, 2021 | 02:50:PM - 03:30:PM BST As a testing organisation, do you ever feel held back from developing a true-to-life test because of the financial and resource restrictions attached to innovative question types? Developing and maintaining real-world ?tools?, in place of, or in addition to, multiple choice questions is reliant on ...

  • Full Circle: Assessing the SMEs Wednesday, September 29, 2021 | 02:50:PM - 03:30:PM BST The foundational building block of any exam maintenance program is the individual SME that write and review items, analyze JTAs, and ultimately make your exam defensible. When it comes to SMEs, we painstakingly focus on individual skillsets and diversities at the workshop level, but often, ...

  • SPONSOR SESSION (PSI Services) - The Current State of Multi-Modal Testing: Trends, Research, and Considerations Wednesday, September 29, 2021 | 02:50:PM - 03:30:PM BST Many organisations adopted multi-modal testing in response to COVID-19, giving us an unprecedented ability to examine meta trends across in-person testing and remote proctoring within multiple programmes. In this session, we review trends, research, and lessons learned in the past year with the pandemic-driven transition ...