Digital assessment: drivers, benefits, barriers and challenges

Digital assessment: drivers, benefits, barriers and challenges man studying at a computer
Date: 06 Oct 2022 Venue: Online
Time: 12:30 - 14:30
Type: Workshop: 2 CPD hours Fee: £95 (Members - £85.50)

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This workshop is accredited for continuing professional development (2 CPD hours), with certification post attendance.

Despite the many potential benefits of digital assessment, many high-stakes assessments like GCSEs and A Levels have focused on exploiting technology for the administration and marking of tests, rather than the test-taker experience. On this interactive workshop you'll explore why this might be and discover lessons learnt from research into introducing digital assessments in a few different contexts.

This workshop will be useful to practitioners interested in developing their understanding of digital and online assessments, the challenges and advantages they bring and how these impact the delivery of assessments. Please note if you have previously attended our workshop 'E-assessment: expectations, impediments and lessons learnt' then this would be a repeat of the content.

Course outline

We will first share definitions of digital assessment and describe points in the assessment process where technology can be exploited. Secondly, we will think about the drivers and benefits as well as the barriers and challenges of digital or online assessments, pulling on examples. Finally, we will share what research and experience we have to offer to help manage the challenges of introducing digital assessment.

Key learning outcomes

By the end of the workshop you will have:

  • An understanding of what digital assessment is and where in the assessment process it can have impact
  • Considered the benefits and advantages of digital assessment as well as the barriers and challenges
  • Explored learning from research and practice about how to manage the challenges of digital assessment

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Course trainers

Sarah Hughes - Research Information Manager

Sarah Hughes is Research Information Manager at Cambridge Assessment International Education. She has taught in primary schools and been a researcher for UK and international awarding bodies and government agencies. Her particular research interests are the validity of assessment and the impact of research on practice and policy. Sarah currently carries out and applies research to support assessment practitioners and to improve assessment quality.

Sanjay Mistry - Research Information Manager

Sanjay Mistry is Head of On-screen Research at Cambridge International. This key role brings together the strands of academic and market research in the area of on-screen tests and other digital products, the outcomes of which are being used to lead the research strategy for Cambridge International's on-screen assessments. 

Sanjay joined the organisation in 2012 after spending over 10 years teaching in primary schools. Sanjay initially joined as an Assessment Manager for Primary and Lower Secondary Science. He then moved to a Digital Test Design and Authoring Manager role, looking into the way we develop on-screen tests using a learner centred approach, before taking the role of Head of On-screen Research in 2019.

Hye-won Lee - Senior Research Manager

Hye-won Lee is Senior Research Manager at Cambridge English where she conducts research projects related to new generation assessments and digital products. Before joining Cambridge, she has built an extensive experience of developing and validating digital assessments at leading organizations including Educational Testing Service. She holds a PhD in Applied Linguistics and Technology from Iowa State University, USA, with specialization in technology-enhanced language assessment and argument-based validation.

Andrew Mullooly - Senior Assessment Manager

Andrew Mullooly is a member of the Assessment Quality & Validity Capability team at Cambridge English. As part of his roles and responsibilities, he is the Joint Chair of the Speaking Skills Group and has been involved in a number of projects related to Speaking test development and technology. Before working at Cambridge, he lived in Japan for several years and has also taught English in both Spain and Italy.

Anita Oomeer

Anita Oomeer is Assessment Lead for Computing Digital Assessments. Anita joined Cambridge in 2012, and her experience includes assessment design and the training of writers and examiners for qualifications in IT, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence. She now works on a new digital initiative, leading on the design of digital high-stakes assessments for the Computing subjects.

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