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Ohio State University pick PebblePad to help students develop crucial skills

Pebblepad have announced that they have been chosen by The Ohio State University to help more than 65,000 students develop, evidence and verify crucial skills across their learning experiences.
Throughout their academic career, Ohio State’s students will use PebblePad to make sense of their learning experiences and to develop skills, allowing them to confidently articulate their personal strengths, capabilities and aspirations.
More and more universities are integrating PebblePad into their digital ecosystems, and, in doing so, bolstering their institution-wide capacity for supporting their students’ unique learning journeys.

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eAA End of Year Wrap up with Professor Dr Ger Graus OBE

During this end of year wrap up, eAA CEO Matt Wingfield will be joined by Professor Dr Ger Graus OBE, in a fascinating discussion on the topic of Edtech through a different lens – views with the benefit of hindsight.

Dr Graus will touch on developments in the EdTech world, including hybrid and immerse learning, assessment 2030, how we can get to know our children better through measuring what we value, and wonders what it means for us all. He also asks “What’s new?”

We’ll also be looking back at 2022 and sharing some of the eAA’s plans for 2023.

2022 Wrap up

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About Professor Dr Ger Graus OBE

Professor Dr Ger Graus OBE is a renowned figure in the field of education. He was KidZania’s first Global Education Director and founding CEO of the Children’s University. In 2019, Ger became a Visiting Professor at the National Research University, Moscow, Russia. He is also a Board Director at Hello Genius, and chairs the Advisory Boards at Kabuni, UK, and Twin Science, Turkey. Ger moved to the United Kingdom in 1983 where he began his teaching career, later becoming a Senior Inspector, and Education Director.

Dr Graus is a member of Bett’s Global Education Council; DIDAC India’s Advisory Board; Junior Achievement’s Worldwide Global Council; chairs the Beaconhouse School System’s Advisory Board, Pakistan; advises the Fondazione Reggio Children, Italy; and has been invited to help shape the future of education in Dubai as a member of the Dubai Future Councils.

In the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours List Ger Graus was made an Honorary Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to children.

In his book ‘Natural Born Learners’, Alex Beard says: “In learning terms, Ger Graus is Jean-Jacques Rousseau meets Willy Wonka.”

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Pilot projects receive green light thanks to unique educational Fund

Three new pilots have launched thanks to a £1 million fund supporting organisations to explore different approaches to assessment and innovative uses of technology.

Projects by Calderdale College, EasyCorrect, and the Centre for Education and Youth, will each investigate new ways learners can be assessed outside of more traditional methods, such as through Virtual Reality (VR).

The Assessment Innovation Fund, created by the educational charity and leader in vocational and technical education NCFE, is investing across a range of pilots developed by, but not limited to, training providers, qualification developers, awarding bodies, quality assurers, EdTech companies, and colleges.

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BTL Surpass welcomes the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery (ABFAS) to the Surpass Community

The American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery (ABFAS) have selected the Surpass platform and services to develop the certification exams for their diplomates.

ABFAS strives to advance the art and science of foot and ankle surgery, to improve the health and welfare of the public in the United States.

Benefitting from the flexibility of Surpass, ABFAS will use the item authoring and banking technology for seamless publishing and delivery into Pearson test delivery centres. SME item writing and review sessions will now also be supported using the Surpass item bank technology.

ABFAS are welcomed into BTL’s partner network and will contribute to the Surpass Community – a global collective of certification, licensure and awarding bodies working together to improve the assessment experience for everybody.

The Surpass platform will allow us to create our certification exams for surgeons, and then deliver into our existing test delivery provider. Using the latest assessment technologies with our existing trusted delivery channel enables us to minimize disruption while improving test development efficiency.

Amberly C. Paradoa, President, ABFAS

We are delighted to partner with ABFAS, and provide the technology for the creation of their important healthcare exams. We look forward to supporting ABFAS and their SMEs in utilizing the Surpass platform for their item writing and review processes, and are pleased to provide a seamless integration with PearsonVue for the delivery of exams to diplomates.

Andy McAnulla, President, BTL Surpass Inc.


The American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery (ABFAS) strives to protect and improve the health and welfare of the public by advancing the art and science of foot and ankle surgery. To accomplish this goal, ABFAS grants certification status to candidates who successfully meet the guidelines for demonstrating competency and proficiency in the art and science of foot and ankle surgery.

The Exams Office partners with BTL to create assessments in Surpass platform

The Exams Office (TEO), the largest exams officer support organisation in the UK, has contracted with BTL to use the Surpass platform to create their exams.

With over 4,500 member centres in the UK (primarily schools), TEO will use the sophisticated content creation options in Surpass Item Authoring to create their test items.

Benefitting from the flexibility of Surpass, TEO aim to use an API to integrate their instance of Surpass with their portal (the ’TEO Hub‘), which will provide access to support materials and functionality to help support exams office staff.

“The Exams Office is delighted to announce its partnership with BTL to enhance the support which it offers to its member schools, colleges, and other exam centres in managing, administering and conducting examinations and assessments. The integration of Surpass with The Exams Office’s member portal via its API and this flexibility to work with our systems is a key reason why we have decided to invest in, and commit to, this partnership. We look forward to using the intuitive interface Surpass provides to create online training and assessments to support exams staff within our member centres and to ensure compliance with examination regulations.”

Jugjit Chima, Head of Strategic Relationships and Stakeholder Engagement, The Exams Office

“We’re pleased to welcome TEO to the Surpass Community and look forward to working with them on creating their exams using the innovative item types available within the Surpass platform.

Sonya Whitworth, Managing Director, BTL

About The Exams Office

The Exams Office is the largest exams officer support organisation in the UK. With over 4,500 member centres, it provides comprehensive support for exams staff.

TEO works in collaboration with major awarding organisations (including AQA, NCFE, OCR, Pearson, WJEC and Cambridge Assessment International Education) the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) and Ofqual.

Prometric® Appoints Industry Veteran Nikki Eatchel as Chief Assessment Officer

Prometric® have announced Nikki Eatchel as their new Chief Assessment Officer.  Eatchel will lead the Prometric Test Development Services consulting practice to ensure the delivery and quality of test development and psychometric services to test sponsor clients and oversee Prometric’s growth and innovation strategy across exam products.

“Prometric is excited to welcome Nikki to our dynamic leadership team at Prometric,” said Roy Simrell, President, and CEO. “Nikki has more than 25 years of experience leading innovation in assessments with several global organizations. Her unique background in assessment development and psychometrics will provide tremendous value to our clients and the industry at-large.”

Eatchel will join Dr. Li-Ann Kuan, who will remain in her current role as SVP of Test Development Services. Together, Eatchel and Dr. Kuan will continue building and refining test development growth strategies.

“I’m honored and grateful for the opportunity to join the Prometric executive team,” said Nikki Eatchel. “It is exciting to see how much the assessment industry has evolved in the last few years, and I look forward to taking on this new role to lead Prometric’s test development team to ensure we are delivering innovative, accessible, and quality assessments to serve our clients around the globe.”

Prior to joining Prometric, Nikki served as the Chief Learning Officer at Mursion, a virtual reality organization designed to provide immersive, simulated practice and candidate evaluation for essential skills in the workplace. She is active in numerous industry associations and served as Chair of the Board for the Association of Test Publishers (ATP) in 2017, as well as chairing the ATP Security Committee from 2011-2014. She has presented over 60 papers and presentations at such conferences as ATP, E-ATP, the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), the International Personnel Management Association (IPMA), Association for Talent Development (ATD) and the Council on Licensure, Enforcement, and Regulation (CLEAR).

About Prometric

Prometric is a global leader in test development, test delivery, and assessment services and enables test sponsors worldwide to advance their credentialing programs through test development and delivery solutions that set the standard in quality and service excellence. Prometric offers a comprehensive and reliable approach to advising, developing, managing and delivering programs in an integrated, technology-enabled environment across the world’s most secure testing network in more than 180 countries. For more information, visit