Are you in the business of capturing or marking learner's work using technology; an academic institution transforming assessment practices with technology; or are you researching the new ways that technology can transform assessment and learning? If so, then entering The e-Assessment Awards 2017 should be top of your to-do list!
The first international e-Assessment Awards programme has been launched by The e-Assessment Association (eAA) to showcase the very best practice, research and innovation taking place across e-assessment.
The eAA is a professional body that promotes better assessment of knowledge, skills and capabilities through technology. With members representing the whole of the sector - from schools, academics and institutions to technology providers and large corporates – the eAA has many connections across the world and seeks to strengthen these links through the awards programme. The awards present an opportunity to highlight and celebrate the outstanding use of technology to enhance assessment.
The awards, sponsored by PSI, hold a unique position, as they’re relevant to many sectors including workplace training, professional exams, schools, and further and higher education. So if you’re a business, institution or individual involved with e-assessment, then these awards are for you.
The use of edtech in education is widespread and growing, however, when it comes to assessment, the sector falls behind in its use of technology and paper examinations still dominate. The edtech community often talks and discusses e-learning, e-content, exciting new hardware and how technology can transform education, but while technology races ahead, and the growth in spend on technology for learning continually multiplies, the adoption of technology to enhance and improve assessment in education has been left behind.
However, in the 21st Century, technology forms part of our everyday lives, not only making processes more efficient and precise, but also in transforming the way we work. It is time for professionals and learners alike, to discuss and debate e-assessment and inspire each other across different sectors. These awards are a platform where this conversation can start to really take shape.
There are seven award categories, which have been chosen to reflect the diversity and depth of e-assessment across sectors: Lifetime Contribution, Best Use of Formative Assessment, Best Use of Summative Assessment, Innovation, Best Institution, Research, and Export.
The Lifetime Contribution Award, sponsored by ACER UK, will be awarded to an individual who has made a significant contribution and sustained commitment to e-assessment through the design, development, promotion, execution or support of e-assessment at a local, regional, national or international level.
The awards for Best Use of Formative Assessment and Best Use of Summative Assessment seek to acknowledge assessment products in both academic and vocational subjects which bring clearly identifiable benefits to formative and summative assessment.
The Innovation Award, sponsored by RM Results, seeks to acknowledge an individual, team or organisation that has undertaken a project that has been highly innovative in terms of new technology, or how technology was used in a new and different way for the project.
The award for Best Institution will recognise individual organisations, such as schools, colleges, employers and private training organisations, which have undertaken exceptional work in the field of formative and/or summative e-assessment in order to make a positive change to their existing assessment practices.
The Research Award, sponsored by NFER, seeks to acknowledge the contribution made by an individual or team for innovative research that has, or has the potential to have, a significant impact on e-assessment within a particular stakeholder community.
The Export Award, sponsored by AlphaPlus, will showcase companies working successfully outside of their main country of operation - be that a Scandinavian company working in the UK or a European company reaching for success in the US for example.
Applications for entries to The e-Assessment Awards close on 31 December 2016.