That’s the summer over…….
Well that’s the summer over (it was on a Thursday afternoon for us here Scotland this year) and we’re getting down to work on the next phase of our work on the future of assessment.
As my earlier posts reflected, we achieved a lot in June including our TEDx workshop and Assessment Expert Group meeting. Through these and a range of other activities we gathered some great feedback and views on the key factors that will influence the future of assessment. Over the past couple of months I have been busy digesting, synthesising and organising this feedback into a form that allows the team here to understand its implications for SQA. This marks the end of our Discovery Phase.
Our attention is now turning the next phase of work in which we will use the views gathered to date to help anticipate and plan for future learner needs. We plan to approach this by developing user stories which will articulate how our customers will expect to experience assessment in future. This work will involve a combination of internal workshops and further engagement with experts outside SQA who can sense check and inform our thinking.
Whilst this work is underway we will be continuing to seek views on the future of assessment in a number of ways. Just coming to a close is our Data Lab-sponsored MSc Data Science placement whilst the work with Young Scot which we reported on in an earlier post is now getting into its stride. The first meeting of its Assessment Futures Vision Panel took place on 26 August with further meetings in planning. We are also looking forward to presenting at the Scottish Training Federation Annual Conference on 26 September and to hearing from training providers how they see the future of assessment. Further afield we are delighted to have been invited to attend the very first Google for Education study tour in Sweden on 20 – 21 September and have our place booked at the E-ATP conference in the Netherlands on 27 – 29 September.
This activity will offer some very valuable opportunities to ensure our plans are informed by international perspectives. If you are attending any of these events please say hello. If not please feel free to contribute your views by commenting on this blog, joining the conversation at #SQAFutures or contacting me directly.