2016 Conference

View presentations from the Surpass Conference 2016 in Edinburgh.
Martyn Ware

Martyn Ware

Head of Assessment Futures, SQA

Martin Ware, from SQA delivered this year’s keynote presentation, looking at the current position of the general qualification sector in Scotland, and highlighting which findings can be taken away by other organisations to benefit the testing industry, and candidate experience as a whole.

Sonya Whitworth

Sonya Whitworth

Chief Operations Officer, BTL Group Ltd.

Sonya Whitworth, Director of Operations. BTL operates an open culture policy, and each year the Surpass Conference is an opportunity to give delegates an insight into the people behind BTL and an overall company update.

Andy McAnulla

Andy McAnulla

President, BTL Surpass Inc.

Andy McAnulla, Director of Service Design. The last 12 months have been exciting times for BTL. Within his presentation Andy talks about the new features developed and how as we have grown, we have been able to find ways to improve feature development time frames whilst ensuring BTL’s high quality standards are not compromised.

Tim Burnett

Tim Burnett

Head of Marketing, BTL Group Ltd.

With Vicky Purtill (CILEx), Maurice Whittaker (TWI), Menno De Vos (NHTV) & Becky Vergnano (NCFE).

In this session, BTL’s Head of Marketing – Tim Burnett, kicked off the discussion about the move from standardised forms of assessment to the world of e-Assessment, highlighting both
the benefits of migrating to on-screen testing, and exploring what Surpass the Assessment Platform can offer to those looking to join the Surpass Community.
Throughout the session, customers shared their experiences of implementation, rollout and
scaling up their Surpass driven service.
Presentations were provided by representatives from NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences, The Charted Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx), The Welding Institute (TWI) and NCFE.

Sophie Brumfitt

Sophie Brumfitt

Senior Product Owner, BTL Group Ltd.

With Adam Birt (ICAEW), Steven Williams (SVP) & John McGrath (BTL).

This session allowed attendees to see the exciting developments and features that have been added to the Surpass Platform in the last 12 months.
In her talk Sophie Brumfitt, Senior Product Owner for BTL, showed the features that have been
developed to help users create content and build tests. She was joined by Steve Williams, SVP for Test Development Solutions for Prometric, who discussed and demonstrated the benefits of using non-scored items and weighted & combination marking of MCQs and MRQs respectively.
Adam Birt from ICAEW presented their recent journey on delivering accountancy qualifications with Surpass and also demonstrated the new Spreadsheet question type.
Finally, John McGrath, Product Manager for BTL, walked delegates through many of the other key enhancements made to Surpass over the last year.

Tim Burnett

Tim Burnett

Head of Marketing, BTL Group Ltd.

With Gavin Busuttil-Reynaud (AlphaPlus) & Gareth A Hopkins.

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This special interest session was designed for all existing Surpass customers who are
delivering functional, essential and core skills qualifications using Surpass. Tim
Burnett welcomed guests from City & Guilds and AlphaPlus, to discuss how Surpass can be
used to deliver these types of tests.
Gavin Busuttil-Reynaud from AlphaPlus led the discussion on the recent developments in the functional skills sector and Gareth Hopkins took a functional look at the features of competitive products.
These talks were then followed by a discussion about requirements, features and opportunities available for Surpass customers to stay competitive.

Jim Crawford

Jim Crawford

Business Development Director, BTL Group Ltd.

With Emma Richard (BTL), Tom Maclean (Pitman Training) & Martha Gibson (Edinburgh Business School).

During this session, the panel discussed the delivery capabilities of Surpass and
looked at the various delivery options available to help organisations reach their goals regardless of the location.
A number of customer presentations showcased Surpass in action, inspiring attendees with ideas of how they could reach new audiences with the Surpass assessment platform.
Presenters included Tom Maclean from Pitman Training Scotland and Martha Gibson from Edinburgh Business School. Clare Drage also took the opportunity to update interested delegates on the BTL Test Centre Network.

Jim Crawford

Jim Crawford

Business Development Director, BTL Group Ltd.

With Leona Durnin (Prometric) & Leen van Kaam (Saxion University).

This presentation provided insight into the Surpass Test Development interface, and gave attendees the chance to hear directly from a variety of Surpass Community members (AQA, Prometric and Saxion University) on some of the modern techniques they have applied to their content production processes, to ensure well-balanced, quality-assured test content for delivery onscreen and on paper.
There were discussions and demonstrations on workflow, static and dynamic test form creation, importing content into Surpass and how projects are structured and organised.

Bob Gomersall

Dr. Bob Gomersall

Chairman, BTL Group Ltd.

With Chris Kirk (DigitalMe – City & Guilds), Caron Downes (The Mount School), Ian Morgan (WJEC) & Gavin Busuttil-Reynaud (AlphaPlus).

Facilitated by BTL Chairman Bob Gomersall, in this session we discussed development and innovations across the global testing industry, from the perspectives of vocational, professional, school-leaving and higher education qualification providers, and school staff responsible for the candidates.
Following the short presentations delegates had an opportunity to listen to also
engage in discussion and debate, sparking some very interesting conversations that would continue throughout the day.