‘Qualifications ecosystems need to pre-emptively disrupt from within or risk being unprepared for digital transformation.’

Since my last post we have had some great opportunities to gather further views to help inform our thinking about the future of assessment. The soundbite heading up this post was taken from ‘The Digitisation Agenda – Re-thinking the Role of Qualifications and Skills’ conference, organised by Quality and Qualifications Ireland on 24 October.

The starkness of the challenge presented in the …

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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 …

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Assessment Expert Group meeting, Thu 29 Jun 2017 – Summary of outcomes

In my 10 July post, I reported that the Assessment Expert Group, we had set up with AlphaPlus had met. I now want to share some of the outcomes of the day with you.

The first task the group members were asked to undertake, was to deliver a 5 minute ‘elevator pitch’ focused on what they saw as the key issue, challenge or opportunity for assessment …

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Future of Assessment – what did TEDx Glasgow delegates think?

In my 29 June post I mentioned that we had hosted a Lab at TEDx Glasgow, as part of the information gathering phase of this project.

The Lab title was ‘What does a good one look like? Recognising the skills we need to succeed’, and it generated a rich and wide-ranging discussion with some interesting ideas and comments. We have now …

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Assessment Expert Group

In my 29 June post, I mentioned that we were working with the respected education consultants, Alpha Plus, to arrange a meeting of an ‘Assessment Expert Group’ comprising of experts in assessment, and leaders in digital technology and data science in education.

The group’s insights and collective experience will help us discover the approaches we need to adopt when developing …

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Future of Assessment – Discovery and Definition

SQA is taking a significant further step in determining the role we can play in helping to define the future of assessment.

Working together with respected education consultants, Alpha Plus, we have arranged a meeting of an ‘Assessment Expert Group’ comprising of experts in assessment, and leaders in digital technology and data science in education.

The obvious question is why …

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