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British Council partners with the e-Assessment Association for the 2024 International e-Assessment Awards

We are delighted to announce our partnership with the British Council who have been confirmed as the headline sponsor for the 2024 International e-Assessment Awards. This partnership highlights both organisations’ commitment to fostering innovation and excellence in the field of education and assessment technology worldwide.

Celebrating Excellence in e-Assessment

The International e-Assessment Awards celebrate and promote the exceptional work being done in the realm of technology-enabled assessment. These prestigious awards recognise the transformative impact that technology has had on learning and assessment as well as advances that have enriched learning and teaching experiences and improved outcomes. This annual  awards programme is a global platform to showcase best practice, innovative research and ground-breaking projects in the sector, demonstrating the significant benefits of integrating technology into assessment.

With a presence on the ground in over 100 countries, the British Council plays a pivotal role in transforming lives and fostering partnerships in the UK and globally. They offer opportunities for learning, gaining internationally recognised qualifications and building creative and professional networks making a positive impact on individuals and communities worldwide. Every year, the British Council’s global exams services team manages the delivery of over 4.5 million exams for schools, universities and professional bodies.

In expressing their enthusiasm for the partnership, Mark Walker, Director of English and Exams at the British Council stated, “The British Council are delighted to be the Headline Sponsor for the 2024 International e-Assessment Awards celebrating global innovation and progress in this area. We are delighted to be playing our part in shining a spotlight on those achievements and spreading the word, worldwide, about this prestigious and influential programme. The industry has seen huge change over recent years and many advances in how technology can support, enhance and increase educational opportunities, and now is the time to celebrate those achievements within our global assessment community.”

Echoing this sentiment, Graham Hudson, Chair of the e-Assessment Association, highlighted the alignment between the British Council’s extensive global outreach and the awards’ international ethos. “This is the eight year of this awards programme and each year we witness a remarkable display of creativity and change in the global assessment industry. In 2023, we had entries from every continent, and we are delighted to celebrate, together with the British Council, the UK’s international organisation for culture and educational opportunities, the achievements of the finalists and winners, who demonstrate how technology is transforming the way assessment is approached across the world.”

This partnership between the British Council and the e-Assessment Association’s International Awards not only underscores the British Council’s dedication to improving educational outcomes through technology but also sets the stage for celebrating and sharing the innovative achievements that have developed this field further supporting the building of strong connections across the global assessment community.

Find out more about the 2024 International e-Assessment Awards here.

Find out more about the British Council here.

Reshaping the exam experience: Insights from Birmingham City University’s hybrid assessment model

This session was recorded at bett 2024 and demonstrates how Birmingham City University (BCU) modernised the testing experience for students. The Covid-19 pandemic made educational institutions across the world re-evaluate their assessment methodologies. Among them, Birmingham City University, whose hybrid digital assessment project won multiple awards including the Best Transformational Project Award and the Team and Practitioner Awards in the eAA’s 2023 International e-Assessment Awards.

The team behind it, from BCU’s Digital Assessment Centre Team, discuss how and why they created their hybrid model. With an emphasis on student choice, the model allows candidates to take their exams either on campus or remotely, concurrently. By using the same digital assessment software across both settings, the university has successfully increased student engagement and satisfaction while enhancing the assessment process. This improved student experience provides a compelling case study for the benefits of modernising the assessment experience for educational institutions globally.


Contributors:
Tim Burnett, e-Assessment Association Board Member

Tom Ashmore, Digital Assessment Designer at Birmingham City University

Elliot Spence, Senior Digital Assessment Coordinator – Birmingham City University.

Four experts reveal their International e-Assessment Awards tips

Entering the International e-Assessment Awards can bring all kinds of benefits. Over the years, entrants have told us the process helps them strengthen client relationships, boost internal morale, increase credibility, gain recognition from peers, raise their profile and support their sales process.

But how can you make the most of your time and resources to create the best possible entry?

We asked four former and current e-AA board members, and consultants to the edtech sector, to share their top tips for success.

Stage 1. Decision time: should I enter and if so, in which categories?

Tim Burnett is an e-AA Board Member, and edtech community and marketing consultant.

Keep these points in mind when deciding on your awards strategy.

  • There’s only one way to win an award – you need to enter!
  • Choose the categorie(s) where you have the strongest evidence. Don’t be tempted into multiple scattergun entries to try to increase your chances – the judges will spot them.
  • Where are you most likely to have an edge over other entrants? Your high stakes technological innovation might stand out more in Best Summative Assessment Project, for instance, than in Most Innovative Use of Technology in Assessment.
  • If you have a choice of several relevant categories, consider which would best support your own business or marketing strategy if you win.

Tim’s top tip: If you don’t enter, you definitely won’t win. Don’t let the fear of losing prevent you from gaining valuable learnings about yourself, your company and your customers. Winning an award is a fantastic achievement and the process will repay the effort.

Stage 2: I’m ready to get started. What should I do first?

Geoff Chapman is a management consultant to the investment, solution provider, and exam owner communities.

Great! You’ve decided to enter, now it’s time to get organised.

  • There’s a nominal fee to enter so get budget sign-off and make sure you can meet the submission deadlines.
  • You’ll need a combination of different skills working on your entry. Put together a core team consisting of a project planner, submission writer and presenter.
  • A great customer quote adds credibility so make sure you include one. Invite your customer contact to take part in your video presentation if you make the shortlist.
  • Remember this isn’t a sales and marketing exercise. The judging panel won’t appreciate being sold to or having marketing materials submitted as part of your entry.

Geoff’s top tip: Make it easy for your busy customers to support your award entry. Draft three testimonial options for them to choose from or edit as they wish. Offer a thirty-second video script for them to film themselves if they won’t be available for your presentation.

Stage 3: Time to write the entry. How should I approach it?

Heather Barnett is a freelance copywriter with a background in e-assessment.

Your written entry is your chance to showcase what you’ve achieved, so don’t rush it.

  • Be concise. The judges are busy people with a lot of entries to read, so keep to the point and don’t repeat information in different sections.
  • Focus your entry. Decide on your two or three key messages and make sure they’re not swamped by unnecessary details.
  • Be specific. Rather than writing “we delivered incredible educational impact”, state what you achieved against a benchmark or baseline, and let the judges see for themselves how impressive it was.
  • Structure your entry around a coherent story, rather than listing out disconnected facts. Use straightforward language – no one wants to wade through jargon, acronyms or confusing terminology.

Heather’s top tip: Don’t forget you’re writing for human beings. We all have finite attention spans and love a good story. Make your entry easy to read and try to find the hook that will fire the judges’ imaginations.

Stage 4: I’ve been shortlisted! What goes into the video presentation?

Matt Wingfield is a business development and procurement strategy consultant working with edtech providers and exam awarding organisations.

If your entry is shortlisted, congratulations! You’ll have the chance to bolster your written entry with a short video presentation.

  • Choose the right people for the job. You’ll need a good presenter who can demonstrate genuine understanding of, and passion for, your project.
  • Don’t just repeat what’s in your written entry. Think about how you can reinforce your initiative’s strengths and show how they meet the criteria – give a visual demonstration if practical.
  • Presenters should speak clearly and be easily intelligible, but not salesy.
  • Wrap up your presentation with a summary of why you think it meets the category criteria so it’s fresh in the judges’ minds.

Matt’s top tip: Ask an educator who has been involved in your initiative to take a leading role in your video. Make sure they are comfortable presenting, and are well prepared. Their contribution will carry a lot of weight and add credibility to your presentation.

 

Next steps

For a deeper dive into what makes a great award entry, a 30-minute webinar with Tim, Geoff, Heather and Matt is available to watch here.

Ready to enter the awards? Information and entry forms are here.

 

The 2024 International e-Assessment Awards

These prestigious awards recognise and honour the outstanding contributions and that technology brings to all forms of learning and assessment.  The 2024 award categories are:

  • Best Practitioner of the Year (team and individual award) acknowledging individuals and teams for their outstanding use of e-assessment in the last year.
  • Lifetime Contribution Award is presented to an individual who has made a significant and sustained contribution to e-assessment over the duration of their career.
  • Best Workplace or Talent Assessment Project celebrating an assessment project that has brought substantial benefits to workplace or talent assessment.
  • Most Innovative Use of Technology in Assessment recognising a project that has been highly innovative in terms of new technology, or how existing technology has been used in a new and different way.
  • Best Transformational Project acknowledging projects that have genuinely transformed assessment practices through technology.
  • Best Research honouring outstanding research and its impact within the e-assessment community.
  • Best International Implementation celebrating innovative and effective assessment programmes implemented in one or more countries outside of your main country of operation.
  • Best Formative Assessment Project acknowledging e-assessment projects that have made significant improvements to formative assessment practices.
  • Best Summative Assessment Project recognising e-assessment projects that have made significant improvements to summative assessment practices.

 

The Transformative Power of Education and Assessment Technology

While the move to embrace technology to improve learning and assessment has been evident for some time, in recent years adoption has accelerated significantly, driven in part by the COVID pandemic, and in part by new technologies.

We asked eAA Board members, Garrett Sherry and Anna Phelan to consider the transformative power of education and assessment technology

The technological revolution in education has been marked by the widespread adoption of digital platforms, e-learning modules, and innovative educational apps. The adoption of smartphones and affordable internet connectivity has enabled many students to access educational resources previously unavailable to them. This shift has democratised education, allowing learners to explore a variety of subjects and skills at their own pace and from wherever they live, as long as they have an internet connection.

While some wonder how to achieve this at scale, this is something that India, with a population of over a billion people, is embracing. Technology plays a significant role in India’s National Education Policy, underscoring its commitment to leveraging technological advancements for educational enhancement. Many emerging economies are in a position to ‘leapfrog’ some traditional education practices, as they develop their national education systems. Taking advantage of the latest learning and assessment technology provides an opportunity to bypass more expensive and exclusive options. This has the potential to provide wider access to education where it might not previously have been possible.

E-Assessment: A natural extension

As access to education expands through digital solutions, e- assessment emerges as a natural extension. Formative assessments, which occur throughout the learning process can be seamlessly integrated into digital platforms, providing real-time feedback to students and aiding personalized learning journeys. Summative assessment can be modernized through e-Assessment platforms which  not only saves time and resources but also enhances the accuracy and fairness of the evaluation process.

While the potential benefits are significant, ensuring equality and inclusion is something that policymakers, educators, and technology providers are focused on, emphasising the need to bridge the digital divide. Notably, projects submitted for the e-Assessment Awards address how accessibility can be  incorporated successfully into projects and technical solutions.

The potential impact of integrating technology into education and assessment is immense. If India can make this a reality, we hope it will inspire others to embrace the transformative potential of technology in learning and assessment.

Want to find out more?

Get inspired. See the past winners of the International e-Assessment Awards here: www.e-assessment.com/awards/

Join the eAA. It’s free to register as a member and you will join our community of over 3,500 fellow professionals celebrating the positive contributions that technology makes to all forms of assessment. Join here: www.e-assessment.com/membership 

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2024 International e-Assessment Awards Now Open for Entries 

We are delighted to announce that the 2024 International e-Assessment Awards are now open for entries. Celebrating its eighth year, this prestigious awards programme continues to recognise and honour the outstanding contributions and that technology brings to all forms of learning and assessment. 

Founded in 2008, the e-Assessment Association’s has been at the forefront of promoting better assessment of knowledge, skills and capabilities of people through the use of technology. These awards recognise excellence in innovation and best practices in educational and workplace assessment allowing individuals and teams, practitioners and suppliers to showcase how they have used technology to improve the assessment process. Holding a unique position, this awards programme encompasses all sectors of education: from schools, through further and higher education to workplace training and professional exams. 

The International e-Assessment Awards 

This year’s awards encompass a diverse range of categories, highlighting the varied and global nature of e-assessment. The 2024 categories are:  

  • Best Practitioner of the Year (team and individual award) acknowledging individuals and teams for their outstanding use of e-assessment in the last year.  
  • Lifetime Contribution Award is presented to an individual who has made a significant and sustained contribution to e-assessment over the duration of their career.  
  • Best Workplace or Talent Assessment Project celebrating an assessment project that have brought substantial benefits to workplace or talent assessment. 
  • Most Innovative Use of Technology in Assessment recognising a project that has been highly innovative in terms of new technology, or how existing technology has been used in a new and different way. 
  • Best Transformational Project acknowledging projects that have genuinely transformed assessment practices through technology. 
  • Best Research honouring outstanding research and its impact within the e-assessment community. 
  • Best International Implementation celebrating innovative and effective assessment programmes implemented in one or more countries outside of your main country of operation. 
  • Best Formative Assessment Project acknowledging e-assessment projects that have made significant improvements to formative assessment practices. 
  • Best Summative Assessment Project recognising e-assessment projects that have made significant improvements to summative assessment practices. 

Graham Hudson, Chair of the e-Assessment Association expressed his admiration for the innovative and transformative work showcased in the awards entries;

Each year we witness a remarkable display of creativity and change in the global assessment industry. In 2023 we had entries from every continent, and we are delighted to celebrate the achievements of the finalists and winners who demonstrate how technology is transforming the way assessment is approached across the world. We are also excited to introduce a new Awards platform this year, reflecting our commitment to improving the awards process, streamlining the entry and shortlisting process.” 

Thais Rossafa Tavares Balbino from Brazil, winner of the Best Research Award in 2023 said:

“Winning the 2023 e-Assessment Awards in the Best Research category was a unique moment for me. Being a researcher is not easy, because life will not stop while you are studying and trying to make progress in something you believe in. Being the winner of an international award has been incredible since I have also won recognition in my working and academic contexts, and this makes me reach more people. I’m very grateful for the eAA programme staff team for all the patience and the great job they are doing giving opportunity to people from all over the world to show their interests and projects. The emotion of receiving so much love is genuine and I’ll never have enough words to say how happy I am.” 

Key Dates and Awards Information: 

  • Entries Close: Sunday 18th February at 25.59 (GMT). 
  • Finalists Announcement: Late March. 
  • Awards Gala Dinner: Winners will be celebrated on 11th June during the 2024 International e-Assessment Conference. 
  • Award entries are reviewed by a distinguished panel of judges, nominated for their expertise and experience in the industry. 

For more information and to submit entries, please visit our conference website:conference2024.e-assessment.com/2024 

 

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AI in Assessment: ChatGPT One year on, an interview with eAA Board member Tim Burnett

Since the launch of ChatGPT in November 2022, the world of assessment has witnessed its biggest period of innovation since the pandemic and online proctoring.

As we come to the first anniversary of the launch of ChatGPT, we asked Tim Burnett, eAA Board Member & Freelance Edtech Community & Marketing Consultant, for his experience and what he sess happening next.

“Since my introduction to ChatGPT in December, my world has been transformed by its capabilities. I remember how, over a single weekend, I became completely captivated by this tool. My initial thoughts on its impact on assessment were quite straightforward: in the fast-evolving world of AI, there’s no use in resisting the current; it’s more productive to go with the flow.

“This past year has been a thrilling ride, trying to stay abreast of the constant advancements in AI. I’ve found it incredibly exciting and it has fundamentally changed the way I work and teach. After a 20-year hiatus, I returned to the classroom in January 2023 to enjoy some part-time teaching in a local college. AI has made this transition significantly smoother. My lesson planning still demands the same amount of time, but the quality and scope of what I can now offer are far superior. Just last week, I used super realistic fake audio interviews as part of a simulated audience research exercise for my students. Two weeks ago, we had Josie, our digital co-host, delivering introductions at the BMC conference.

“Almost all assessment technology providers have started to embed generative AI into their platforms. However, it seems we’ve been cautious about leveraging its full potential, especially in areas like marking and online proctoring where it had already seen some exposure for some years. Interestingly, there’s been a noticeable pullback from relying entirely on AI for proctoring solutions, with many organisations insisting on human control at every stage.

“Looking ahead to the next 12 months, I believe the advancement of AI will continue steadily. We might not witness the same explosive growth as before, but rather a period of fine-tuning and expanding our use of the technology in known safe zones, like test and item generation. Most of us will likely follow this path. However, I anticipate that behind the scenes, some disruptors will be crafting solutions that could shake up the entire industry. ChatGPT and Bard have opened up incredible opportunities for innovative assessment solutions, accessible to anyone with a great idea. I foresee a future where smaller players can compete with larger, more established ones, thanks to equal access to development skills and platforms. For me, ChatGPT isn’t just a technological breakthrough; it feels more like the dawn of a new era for entrepreneurs.”