The e-Assessment Question Virtual Conference Week Two: Assessment and Practical Implementation

Our speakers in these themed webinars have been involved in significant and large-scale implementations in assessment.  The sessions will include examples of how international awarding organisations leverage the use of online assessment to provide relevant and valid testing on a global scale. Presenters will examine how this impacts on regulation and strategy for a nation, approaches in HE and dealing with the ever-present realities of malpractice.  Examples of secure delivery of assessments in challenging circumstances will be discussed and will demonstrate that technology is often not the issue in making change.

Tuesday 30th June 11am BST: Assessment on a Global Scale

David Phillips, Managing Director, City & Guilds and ILM

Keynote presentation: The e-Assessment journey and where the Covid-19 experience might take us all next

David Phillips is speaking at the e-Assessment Question Conference

A brief reflection on the journey e-Assessment has been on over the years and where it might go next given the impact Covid-19 is having. What are we learning about our ways of working and what do we need to change? What are the opportunities for e-Assessment coming out of the current world we live in and how do we make sure more people benefit from e-Assessment? What will help future proof assessment in the coming years? David will provide some thoughts to stimulate a discussion on the exciting future for e-Assessment.


Paul Crump, Assessment Group Manager, Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing.

Remote proctoring – the future of invigilation for e-assessment?

Paul Crump Speaker at The e-Assessment Question April 2020 in London

Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing (CAAT) delivers high-stakes assessments in a variety of contexts around the world, designed to aid selection onto high-stakes courses at a range of institutions. An increasing challenge is the provision of computer-based exams in countries where much of the candidature is in remote, rural locations, far from test centres. This workshop will consider the challenges and benefits of remote proctoring in such contexts, taking as a case study CAAT’s use of a remote proctoring tool in rural India. In this interactive session, delegates will be invited to reflect on how technology can be integrated into large-scale international projects, discuss the future of remote proctoring, and consider how assessment providers can widen access to e-assessments without compromising exam security.

Paul Muir, Head of Computer Based Testing, British Council

Paul Muir is speaking at the e-Assessment Question Conference

From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe: Taking computer based testing to the wider world

The British Council is a highly trusted partner, providing access to the world’s most reputable qualifications for more than 85 years. Underpinned by principles of integrity, security and fairness, we are one of the leading players in the delivery of 4.5 million high-stakes examinations per annum in over 120 countries worldwide. We operate in some of the most challenging environments for the delivery of CBT in the world, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, delivering upwards of 150,000 high-stakes exams in a 5-day period, multiple times a year. During this interactive session, we will discuss how to assess and manage the risks surrounding delivery in these challenging locations and what this means for the technology and operational decisions you may need to make. You will also hear from one of our technology partners, TestReach, who will explain how advanced e-assessment solutions can ensure smooth delivery of tests in any location worldwide. This session will bring together a wealth of experience on how to secure your content and deliver a highly reliable exam day experience for your candidates under some of the most challenging conditions for the delivery of CBT.


Wednesday 1st July 2pm BST: Summative Assessment

Andy Lester, Senior Manager Strategic Policy, Ofqual. 

Innovation and the regulator

Andy Lester Speaker at The e-Assessment Question April 2020 in London

Ofqual, the qualifications regulator for England, will outline how it is seeking to support good innovation in the qualifications market, including new uses for technologies in assessment. It will outline its

–       strategy to support good innovation

–       research into a potential role for the use of AI in marking, including its launch of a data science challenge on AI marking

–       review of the barriers to greater adoption of online and on-screen assessment in schools and colleges

Discussion groups will give attendees the opportunity to comment and feedback on Ofqual’s plans to implement new ways for innovators to seek the regulator’s views on their proposals.

Dr Peter Alston, Principal Lecturer in Learning and Teaching, BPP University

Are we all on the same page?’ The challenge of e-assessment terminology

Dr Peter Alston is presenting at the e-Assessment Question Conference

Technology has played a crucial role in enhancing assessment practices across the disciplines, from facilitating large-scale testing and improving efficiency owing to an increase in student numbers, to the recognition that well-designed and deployed electronic assessment (e-assessment) initiatives offer a variety of benefits to all involved. However, whilst the literature reports on staff and student experiences with e-assessment, there is little attention given to the proliferation of terms used when describing the various forms of learning and assessment capable through the use of technology.

Drawing on the findings from an institutional ethnographic (Smith, 2005) study into electronic assessment (e-assessment) practices in HE, this session focuses on one aspect of the research; how the term ‘e-assessment’ is understood by those involved in its design and implementation in practice. Whilst the findings show a variation in definition between staff in different roles, such practice is also consistent with the variation evident in the literature. This session will stress the need for a common language for e-assessment, particularly since it is often commonplace in educational literature to see technology and e-assessment practices in a variety of contexts described in a variety of ways, even when used in similar contexts.

The session will conclude by highlighting several challenges to be considered and overcome with regards to future e-assessment policy and practice in HE, and share some recommendations on how they may be overcome.


Sir John Dunford, Chair, JCQ Independent Commission on Exam Malpractice

Reducing malpractice in exams and assessments 

Sir John Dunford speaker at the e-Assessment Question Conference

This session will explore the ways in which e-assessment can be used to both reduce and prevent malpractice in academic and vocational awards.

John will outline the main recommendations in his report on malpractice and will focus on the points made about how technology could be used beneficially.


Thursday 2nd July 11am BST: Formative Assessment

 Dan Sandhu, CEO, Sparx. 

Show me the evidence 

Dan Sandhu speaker at the e-Assessment Question Conference

Dan Sandhu discusses why it’s vital for the EdTech industry to avoid smoke and mirrors. After many discussions and frustrations regarding the little progress around evidence-based approaches, nine leading UK EdTech companies came together to form an alliance of research-led educational organisations to set a benchmark in the industry. This session will explore the launch of the EdTech Evidence Group and why it is now more important than ever to steer towards evidence-based approaches

Gavin Reynaud, Director, AlphaPlus Consultancy. Wales National Assessments 

Gavin Reynaud is speaking at the e-Assessment Question Conference

The Government in Wales has recently rolled out national onscreen adaptive assessments for all school children aged 7 – 14 in English and Welsh reading, and in mathematics. As a government assessment programme in schools, this represents both a highly innovative and large programme of rollout. AlphaPlus manages this programme on behalf of Welsh Government. The assessments provide formative, personalised feedback and nationally standardised performance and progress measures. This initiative is one aspect of major changes to the Welsh curriculum and we are reporting on it after one school year of operation with around 300,000 learners taking assessments on the system.

Aftab Hussain, ILT Manager, Bolton College.

How Bolton College is using natural language classification models to support formative assessment

Aftab Hussain speaker at the e-Assessment Question Conference

Delegates will learn about:

  • What is Natural Language Classification?
  • How teachers train their natural language classifiers.
  • The use cases for deploying natural language classifiers to inform learning and assessment.
  • How delegates can support the development of Bolton College’s FirstPass solution. 

The emergence of this new assessment tool enables teachers to make use of a richer medium for assessing their students. Traditionally, online formative assessment activities are undertaken using closed questioning techniques such as yes/no questions, multiple-choice questions or drag-and-drop activities. Whilst valuable, this is a rather narrow way to undertake formative assessment. Our solution enables teachers to pose open-ended questions which can be automatically analysed and assessed by a computer. The ability to offer real-time feedback means that students can qualify and clarify their responses.


Week Two Sponsors: The British Council

British Council e-Assessment Question Sponsor

The British Council is proud to be a sponsor of the e-Assessment Association Annual Conference. As a gold member of the eAA we actively support the e-assessment sector in the UK. By contributing our wealth of experience of securely delivering clients’, and our own, high stakes computer based exams in exam centres and through remote proctoring, we can help UK Awarding Organisations take their assessments worldwide.

Our participation also allows us to connect with and learn from members and delegates, and ensures we continue to fulfil our remit to encourage cultural, scientific, technological and educational cooperation between the UK and the rest of the world.

About the British Council

The British Council is a highly trusted partner, providing access to the world’s most reputable qualifications for more than 75 years. Underpinned by principles of integrity, security and fairness, the British Council is one of the leading players in the delivery of high-stakes examinations, globally.

The British Council delivers computer-based testing (CBT) in almost 500 locations in over 120 countries. Our extensive experience and expansive global network mean we are in a unique position to advise existing and potential clients on how to successfully transition from pen and paper to computer-based testing, or to expand the global reach of your existing CBT assessments into new international markets.

Find out more about the British Council here.


About the Conference Headline sponsor, RM Results

RM Results is proud to sponsor the e-Assessment Question. We aim to improve the life chances of people worldwide by providing digital assessment solutions that support lifelong learning. Ensuring everyone gets the results they deserve. Talk to us to find out how we can help modernise your assessments.