What is the real impact of e-assessment on education?

03 October 2007

The question “Is there more to e-assessment than new technologies?” is top of the agenda at the forthcoming Cambridge Assessment Network Conference, on 15 October at Robinson College Cambridge.

Cambridge Assessment believes that it is vital to identify and promote technological innovations that will create real educational benefits as well as valid assessments.

Andrew Watts, Director of The Cambridge Assessment Network, said: "Do we recognise both the strengths and the limitations of the innovations we are proposing? It is often not a question of being clear about the technological solutions - we can all see those on a computer screen - but about what we want them to add to a learner's education."

The conference will feature two main presentations. Professor Andrew Pollard of the ESRC Teaching and Learning Research Programme, based at the Institute of Education in London, will talk about New technologies: promises and risks for education; and Professor Richard Kimbell of Goldsmiths, University of London, on Technology and the assessment of creative performance.

There will also be 12 discussion seminar sessions in the afternoon providing delegates with an opportunity to hear from a wide range of contributors. This will include speakers from exam boards such as OCR, AQA, Edexcel, SQA and Cambridge English, as well as educational technology charities Learning Lab and NFER.