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In February, a group of experts from across the education industry were brought together by the Westminster Education Forum (WEF), to discuss the future of assessment in England. Ian Castledine, RM's Head of Proposition, was on the panel, and I recently caught up with him to discuss some of the highlights.
The importance of assessment in teaching and learning cannot be underestimated. But with the continued rise in the use of technology in all aspects of our lives, what method of assessment best serves the learner in reaching their goals - traditional assessment or digital assessment?
The notion that technology can transform the education and assessment space is not a new one. Yet, it is often still associated with increased automation and reduced learner engagement and interaction. But as assessment technology continues to develop at pace, particularly post-pandemic, new possibilities to enrich the student or candidate experience are being realised.
An increasing number of educational and awarding organisations are using digital assessment tools for formative and summative assessment and the potential for digital assessment to sit alongside your needs is ever-expanding. But what’s important is getting a solution that truly works for you.
A level, GCSE, Scottish Nationals and Highers and many equivalent qualification exams were cancelled across the UK for the second year running in 2021 due to the ongoing impact of the pandemic. But this hasn't meant that students and teachers have had an easy ride - quite the opposite in fact.
Remote proctoring or remote invigilation has grown vastly in profile over the Covid-19 pandemic, as education providers, mostly in higher education and professional qualifications, scrambled to keep the examination wheels turning. It is an obvious, and perhaps inevitable, extension of the growing trend towards online and blended learning, and experts believe it is here to stay. The market is forecast to grow 18.1% over the next few years, to reach a global market size of $661.4m by 2025 compared to $340.2m in 2019, according to Market Study Report.
Whether you are looking to move away from paper-based exams, enter a new international market or ensure continuity through disruptive events, there are many benefits of digital assessment.
Technology continues to evolve at an astounding pace, moving us ever closer to a new leap forward in professional practices and procedures comparable to the 90's metamorphosis brought about by dial-up, productivity software, and email.
Exam security is a key priority for awarding organisations, with continuous work undertaken to clamp down on opportunities for cheating, malpractice, bias or grade interference during the assessment process. However, the administration of exam papers and completed scripts presents a number of vulnerabilities.