Cambridge International Study Programme

Cambridge International Study Programme - Design and delivery of public examinations: online for 2021 Group of international delegates
Date: 10 - 21 May 2021 Venue: Online
Type: International course Fee: £2,200

Cambridge International Study Programme - Design and delivery of public examinations: online for 2021

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This last year has brought significant change to the world of education, but the principles and practice of assessment remain unchanged and fundamental. Learning how to respond to change but with a deepened sense of assessment theory and knowledge is the basis for our Cambridge International Study Programme (CISP). 

For 2021 we will be delivering the first ever virtual CISP. The programme will run over two weeks with three sessions; a key note lecture and interactive workshops each day. The times of the sessions will be scheduled to optimise access for participants from across the world.

An excellent course for heads of examination/awarding bodies, policy makers and practitioners. Strongly recommend for colleagues in Pakistan and other countries." 
Dr Allah Bakhsh Malik, Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training, Pakistan.

The programme has been designed to equip you with all the latest thinking in assessment, provide opportunities for exchange with practitioners from across the world and enable you to implement changes within your own contexts.

What to expect from us

  • International experts on hand to deliver key note lectures and interactive workshops
  • A focus on networking and community building, that is always evident on our courses, throughout the programme and via online forums
  • An opportunity to personalise your learning by choosing your session preferences, allowing you to make the most of the experts on hand and address particular challenges in your practice

Programme themes

The core programme will be built around five dominant forces in educational assessment, all of which present challenges to senior assessment specialists around the world:

  1. Curriculum assessment coherence
  2. Maintaining standards, comparability and quality
  3. Internationalisation of education
  4. Anticipating the future of learning and assessment
  5. System disruption

We will drill down on key practice elements of assessment such as developing an assessment strategy, assessment types, mark scheme design, grading and grade review, computer adaptive testing and IRT. There will also be the opportunity to consider policy influences as well as potential key disruptors in education.

The programme will be supported by the opportunity for networking and action learning sets ensuring delegates can relate their learning to their own contexts and leave with implementable actions.

Programme impact

Personal impact Organisational impact
Deepen your knowledge of the principles of assessment design Offer manageable strategies to improve organisational practice
Enhance your understanding of the practice of test development and construction Compare and contrast best practice internationally
Acquire new tools and knowledge in the field of e-assessment Capacity building
Build an international network of like-minded professionals
Reflection on your own identity as an assessment professional

Who should attend?

This course is designed for professionals working for an educational body or an exams provider outside the UK - anyone working with high stakes testing/examinations. Previous course participants have come from a variety of backgrounds including heads of ministries of education, directors and senior managers from awarding bodies, programme and examination officers.

Due to the interactive and academic nature of the course, you are required to have a high level of proficiency in English.

How do I register?

You can register for the 2021 course via our booking portal. This year we are pleased to offer an organisational discount of 20% off the cost of any additional delegate places. To arrange this, or if you have any other queries, please get in touch with the team.

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When will the course be running?

The Online Cambridge International Study Programme runs from 10-21 May (not including the weekend). There will be an average of 3 hours of core learning activities per day (between 10.00-1300 GMT each day). 

The course is structured so that you can watch other supporting materials during periods more convenient to your time zone, and to manage other workload you may have.

What is the format of the course?

The sessions are a mix of interactive workshops, webinars and Action Learning Sets. There will also be some additional pre-recorded sessions that you can watch at a time that suits you. 

What technology do I need to take part?

Access to a personal computer or laptop is required. It is possible to use a tablet but we don’t recommend using a mobile phone as the screen size will be too small for viewing presentations (and you may also need to contribute by typing content into group chats and forums).

Will I get a chance to network with other course participants?

Yes! We are planning to include some social sessions so you can get to know your course colleagues better, optimising networking and giving you the chance to develop friendships with peers from across the world. We are also hoping to include some virtual tastes of Cambridge as well as some 'behind the scenes' insights into our organisation.

Why are only 30 places available?

Some of the sessions are designed for group interaction and we aim to maximise your learning by limiting working group sizes for some activities. We also want to provide you with the opportunity to form closer networking opportunities with colleagues. 

Why is the course deadline the 23 April?

There is a pre-course questionnaire we'd like you to complete so we can better understand your contextual requirements and tailor the course content where necessary. 

Depending on what you want to achieve from the course, we may need to assign you into groups with other delegates who have shared learning goals, or we may arrange sessions where you can meet an expert 1-2-1 and will need time to co-ordinate this for you.

Can I get a certificate for attending?

Yes, all delegates will receive a Cambridge Assessment Network electronic certificate on completion of the course.

Do I need to prepare for the course?

You will be set login details a week before the course starts. You will be invited to visit the course site and fill in the pre-course questionnaire. 

How do I book and pay for the course?

You can book and pay for the course using our booking portal. Bookings are taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Payment can be made by a credit or debit card (not incl. American Express) or by invoice. If you have any questions about booking your place or making payments, please get in touch.

20% colleague discount

Book more than one place on CISP 2021 and access a discount of 20% for each subsequent booking.

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“It was enriching at all levels, attending this course gave me the opportunity to learn from my colleagues. The network we have created is powerful. I returned home knowing that I have to encourage things we have been doing well, but also now I know how we can improve and unlearn those which are not so good."

Delegate feedback from a previous course

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