The 2021 International e-Assessment Conference and Awards

In 2021 we combined our International e-Assessment Conference and Awards presentation to deliver four online events in June. This inspiring programme brought together keynote presentations, panel discussions, Q&A sessions, 2021 Awards presentations and networking opportunities.

Reflecting the truly International nature of the e-Assessment Association and Awards programme, industry experts considered four key topics in the area of e-Assessment:

  • The Future is Now
  • Celebrating the Champions of Change
  • New Frontiers of Assessment
  • Building Assessment for the Future

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2021 International e-Assessment Conference and Awards Programme

Event 1: The Future is Now

Announcing the Award winners of the Best Formative and Best Summative Assessment Projects

This event started with a keynote by Dr Mary Richardson, Associate Professor of Educational Assessment, UCL Institute of Education.

E-Assessment, the use of technology to enhance and transform assessment, is very much here and now. It is no longer the preserve of the early-adopters, but increasingly mainstream and international. Dr Richardson’s keynote will be followed by the announcements of the Award winners of the Best Formative and Best Summative Assessment Projects, which clearly demonstrate that ‘the future is now’. Those still leading with pen and paper exams should look to the entries to these Awards for inspiration and see a way to move forwards with confidence.

The event concluded with a fascinating panel discussion. Dr Richardson is joined by Helen Claydon, Head of Test Development at ACER UK and two of this year’s Award judges, Jeremy Carter, Consultant and Founder of Advance EdTech Ltd, and Patrick Coates, eAA Board Member, Consultant and Director of International Skills UK.

Whilst the distinction between formative and summative assessment is increasingly blurred, is still a distinct difference in terms of whether the assessment counts towards a final ‘award’ or is used in providing feedback to help learning? With the increasing use of open book exams, we cannot even differentiate based on whether the exam needs to be invigilated. Perhaps in the future we will just talk about assessment. For the moment we are recognising a difference, but for how long?

Dr Mary Richardson, keynote speaker at the 2021 International e-Assessment Conference and Awards

Introducing Dr Mary Richardson, Keynote speaker

Dr Mary Richardson, Associate Professor of Education (Assessment) UCL Institute of Education, leads the MA in Assessment, supervises doctoral candidates and has been in engaged in work researching this area for over 20 years. She also sits on the Councils of the Assessment and Evaluation Association (Europe) and the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain.

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Event 2: Celebrating the Champions of Change

Announcing the Award winners of the Most Innovative Use of Technology in Assessment and Best Transformational Project

This event, ‘Celebrating the Champions of Change’ started with a keynote by Rory McCorkle PhD, Senior Vice President of Business Development & Client Success at PSI.

Those truly transforming and innovating in this space are our ‘Champions of Change’ and we look to them for inspiration and the confidence to follow boldly in their footsteps. At this event we announce the winners of the Most Innovative Use of Technology in Assessment and the Best Transformational Project. Whilst these could be seen to be very similar, one can deliver a truly transformational e-assessment project without being particularly innovative in terms of technology. Our award for innovation seeks to reward the pioneers who may be at the start of an exciting journey, but do not yet have the evidence to prove how transformational it could be. This means we can recognise and reward the innovators as innovation happens, not a few years down the line.

The event concluded with a fascinating panel discussion. Rory McCorkle is joined by Anand Karat, President, Vretta and Richard Little, Propositions Director, RM as well as two of this year’s Award judges, Dave Whyley, CEO Learning Technologies, consultant, Whytek Consulting and Claudia Bickford-Smith, Director of Education Services, Oxford University Press.

Rory McCorkle, Keynote speaker 2021 International e-Assessment Conference

Introducing Rory McCorkle PhD, Keynote speaker

Rory McCorkle, PhD, is the Senior Vice President of Business Development & Client Success at PSI has worked with over 350 credentialing associations, educational institutions, and admissions testing organizations including numerous world-renowned certification and licensure programs and universities. Before joining PSI, he served as the president of International Credentialing Associates (ICA), leading a team that provided strategy, design, and development consulting for credentialing assessment organizations. Dr. McCorkle is also an adjunct faculty member at Saint Joseph’s University.

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Event 3: New Frontiers of Assessment

Announcing the Award winners of the Best International Implementation and Best Workplace or Talent Assessment Project

The third event, New Frontiers of Assessment, began with a keynote by Eric Shepherd, Executive Director of Talent Transformation.

The Best International Implementation Award seeks to showcase organisations who successfully deliver projects outside their home market, the Awards overall demonstrate the truly international nature of assessment and the huge advances made by those using technology to transform and enhance assessments worldwide.

For the first time this year we pushed the boundaries of our Awards programme with the Best Workplace or Talent Assessment Project to acknowledge the use of assessment for projects using technology to make an impact on an individual’s role or skills progression. In addition the Best International Implementation Award showcases organisations who successfully deliver projects outside their home market.

The event concluded with a fascinating panel discussion. Eric Shepherd is joined by Paul Muir, Director of Exams, British Council; Patrick Craven, Executive Director of Strategic Partnerships, Policy and Stakeholders City & Guilds; Ali Shalfrooshan, Head of International Assessment Research & Development at PSI and Graham Hudson, e-Assessment Association Secretary and Independent Consultant at GA Partnership.

Eric Shepherd, Keynote Speaker at the 2021 International e-Assessment Conference and Awards

Introducing Eric Shepherd, Keynote speaker

Eric Shepherd is the Executive Director of Talent Transformation which promotes staying relevant during these times of change. Talent Transformation provides articles, podcasts, and webcasts to inspire insights into the future of work, learning, and leadership.
Eric is an accomplished leader of international businesses and associations focused on talent, assessments, and success. Eric has also led industry and standards initiatives to promote best practices for assessments, learning, and interoperability. Eric Shepherd and Joan Phaup authored “Talent Transformation – Develop Today’s Team for Tomorrow’s World of Work” to explain how powerful technologies and new business models are remaking the workplace, setting the stage for new jobs and careers, empowering individuals and teams to advance organizational goals by using assessments.

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Event 4: Building Assessment for the Future

Announcing the Award winners of the Best Research and Lifetime Contribution Award

This event started with a keynote by Charles Fade, global education thought leader and futurist, author and inventor, with several active affiliations; his work spans the continuum of Schools, Higher Education, and Workforce Development/Lifelong Learning.

Following Charles’ keynote, we turned our attention to the Best Research Award, which recognises both academic and commercial organisations seeking to evolve a new and evidence-based approach to the use of technology to enhance and transform all forms of assessment. It is those research projects that will provide the robust systems and technologies that will improve the whole of the assessment industry. 

The Lifetime Contribution Award is an opportunity to recognise an individual who is established in the industry and who has made a significant and sustained contribution to e-assessment over the duration of their career. The contributions made by the winner of our Lifetime Contribution Award, and by the researchers working in our field, bring enormous benefits to us all. We will discuss the importance of solid foundations, a clear vision and of evidence-based approaches, with an attention to detail that helps build a sustainable future for the industry as a whole.

In the concluding panel discussion, the winner of the Lifetime Contribution Award was joined by Dr Eleanor Andressen, Education researcher and consultant. Director, Andressen Byram Ltd; Dr Peter Alston, Director of Learning Design in the School of Technology at BPP University; Janine Oliver, NCFE Head of Assessment Innovation and Garrett Sherry, VP, Account Management-EMEA, Prometric.

Charles Fadel, Keynote speaker at the 2021 International e-Assessment Conference and Awards

Introducing Charles Fadel, Keynote speaker

Charles Fadel is a global education thought leader and author, futurist and inventor; founder and chairman of Center for Curriculum Redesign; project director Harvard GSE; member President’s Council at Olin College of Engineering; chair education committee at BIAC/OECD; co-author of Artificial Intelligence in Education (2019); Four-Dimensional Education (framework in 21 languages) and best-selling  21st Century Skills; founder and president Fondation Helvetica Educatio (Geneva, Switzerland). Has worked with education systems and institutions in more than 30 countries and has spent 25 years in technology management (M/A-COM; Analog Devices). He is the founder of Neurodyne AI; formerly Global Education Lead at Cisco Systems, visiting scholar at MIT ESG and Wharton/Penn CLO, angel investor with Beacon Angels.  BSEE, MBA, seven patents.

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