Webinar: E-assessment: expectations, impediments and lessons learnt

Assessment training webinar: E-assessment - expectations, impediments and lessons learnt

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Speakers: Sarah Hughes and Sanjay Mistry
Date: 27 Oct 2020 Venue: Online
Time: 16:30 - 18:00
Type: Training webinar: 1.5 CPD hours Fee: £90.00

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This course has been accredited by the CPD Standards Office and equates to 1.5 hours of continued professional development (CPD).

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Training outline

Despite the many potential benefits of e-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. This session aims to explore why this might be.

We will first share definitions of e-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 e-assessment, pulling on examples. Finally, we will share what research and experience we have to offer to help manage the challenges of introducing e-assessment.

Key learning outcomes

Participants in this webinar will:

  • Understand what e-assessment is and where in the assessment process it can have impact
  • Consider the benefits and advantages of e-assessment as well as the barriers and challenges
  • Consider what can be learnt from research and practice about how to manage the challenges of e-assessment

Intended audience

This session will be useful to practitioners interested in developing their understanding of e-assessment, the challenges and advantages that it brings and how these impact on the delivery of e-assessments.

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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. She 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 Assessment International Education. 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 Cambridge International in 2012 after spending over 10 years teaching in primary schools. Sanjay initially joined the organsiation as an Assessment Manager for Primary and Lower Secondary Science. He 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.

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