e-Assessment Association Announces the programme for the 2021 International e-Assessment Conference and Awards

2021 e-Assessment Conference and Awards

The e-Assessment Association has announced the programme for the 2021 International e-Assessment Conference and Awards.

The events are free to attend and you can register for your place here

Spanning across four weeks in June, the 2021 International e-Assessment Conference and Awards brings together industry experts to consider four key topics in the area of e-Assessment:

Tuesday 8th June 3pm (BST): The Future is Now

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

Our first event, ‘The Future is Now’ will take place at 3pm – 5pm BST on Tuesday 8th June, starts with a keynote by Mary Richardson, Associate Professor of Educational Assessment, UCL Institute of Education, followed by Award presentations for both the Best Formative and Best Summative Assessment Projects.

This event will focus on the fact that whilst the distinction between formative and summative is increasingly blurred, we ask if there 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?

These Awards clearly demonstrate that ‘the future is now’. 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. 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.

Tuesday 15th June 3pm (BST): Celebrating the Champions of Change

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

Our second event Celebrating the Champions of Change will take place at 3pm – 5pm BST on Tuesday 15th June. At this event we will be announcing 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. We want to reward the innovators as innovation happens, not a few years down the line. Either way, 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.

Tuesday 22nd June 3pm (BST): 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 will take place at 3pm – 5pm BST on Tuesday 22nd June.

For the first time this year we pushed the boundaries of our Awards programme to acknowledge the use of assessment within a corporate or skills environment. We are looking to explore those projects using technology to make an impact on an individual’s role or skills progression. We have also seen the Awards project as a whole reach every continent, and this year we congratulate Finalists from England, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, North America, the Netherlands and South Africa. Whilst 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.

We are delighted to welcome Eric Shepherd, former winner of the e-Assessment Association’s Lifetime Contribution Award, to present an insightful keynote to kickstart this event.

Tuesday 29th June 3pm (BST): Building Assessment for the Future

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

Our fourth and final event, Building Assessment for the Future, will take place at 3pm – 5pm BST on Tuesday 29th June.

Our keynote, Charles Fadel is a 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 turn 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.