2018 Conference

View photos and presentations from the Surpass Conference 2018 in Bristol.

Headline Session Topics

Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) at Scale  •  Online Invigilation  •  Test Centre Networks  •  Computer-Adaptive Assessment (CAT) 

 Language Testing  •  Formative Testing  •  Surpass Certification  •  Test Conversion  •  Sponsored Development 

 Linear-On-The-Fly Testing (LOFT)  •  T Levels  •  Functional Skills  •  Accessibility in Assessment  •  HTML Developments

Opening Keynote

Angela McFarlane

Angela McFarlane

Keynote Speaker

Professor Angela McFarlane is an expert in international fit-for-purpose assessment, and is well-versed in how technology can be used to enhance assessment.

She opened this year’s conference with an insight into ‘What Good Looks Like’, sharing examples of excellence through technology within education and assessment. Angela also shares her views on how we can rethink our approach to assessment, and how it can ultimately benefit society.

Download Angela's PresentationDownload Angela's paper: AEMCF - What does good look like?

Community Headlines

Sonya Whitworth

Sonya Whitworth

BTL 

Andy McAnulla

Andy McAnulla

BTL Surpass

Andy McAnulla, CTO and Sonya Whitworth, COO at BTL give a summary of achievements over the last year, and share stories of success working within the Surpass Community, collaborating to addresses challenges, and implement change.


Community Updates

Gavin Busuttil-Reyaud

Gavin Busuttil-Reynaud

AlphaPlus

Barry Skitch

Barry Skitch

CPA Canada

Emelie Bral

Emelie Bral

Breda University of Applied Sciences

Michael O'Reilly

Michael O’Reilly

Prometric

Rebecca Rosenlund

Rebecca Rosenlund

telc Language Tests

Michaela Hesse

Michaela Hesse

telc Language Tests

Sean McDonald

Sean McDonald

telc Language Tests

In this session, new and established Surpass Community members speak about their exciting new projects and qualifications. AlphaPlus update the community on work with computer adaptive testing in Wales, CPA Canada tell us about BYOD testing, and Emelia Bral of BUAS updates us on a number of projects underway in the Netherlands. In addition, Prometric provide an update on their global migration of customers to Surpass, and telc tell us how they used Surpass to launch a new qualification in Germany.

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Download BUAS Presentation

Download telc Presentation

New Feature Highlights (and Customer Insights)

Ibidun Layi-Ojo

Ibi Layi-Ojo

Prometric


Surpass is constantly evolving to adapt to new technologies, learners, and a changing assessment industry. This presentation provides an insight into the latest developments in Surpass, and how these new and exciting features will benefit both test development and delivery.

Accessibility in Assessment

Isabel Holdsworth

Isabel Holdsworth

BTL

Accessibility is about improving the assessment experience for everyone. This presentation looks at how BTL has integrated accessibility into its development process, while exploring what accessibility is and the features the team have been working on.

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T Levels

Geoff Hurst

Geoff Hurst

Altain Education Ltd

T levels are coming to England, with threats and opportunities to the awarding organisations already operating or wishing to operate within this space. Geoff Hurst of Altain Education presented some key observations on the development of T Levels and the potential impact.

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Innovation Insights

Bob Gomersall

Bob Gomersall

BTL

Jacqui Mulligan

Jacqui Mulligan

CPA Ontario

Ibidun Layi-Ojo

Ibi Layi-Ojo

Prometric

Innovation is at the heart of everything we do. Bob Gomersall, BTL’s chairman hosts this session exploring why innovation is such an important part of the business. Surpass Community members also present their own versions of innovation in technology and assessment design.

Surpass Services Update | Tests, Training, Online Invigilation, and Test Centres

Jim Crawford

Jim Crawford

BTL Group Ltd.

Lizzie Anstiss

Lizzie Anstiss

BTL Group Ltd

Sam Thompson

Sam Thompson

BTL Group Ltd

Brigitte Phillips

Brigitte Phillips

BTL Group Ltd

In an ever-evolving assessment industry, BTL are always looking at new ways to support the Surpass
Community, and how these additional services can enhance the assessment experience. In this
session, we explore what other support and services BTL provide outside of the Surpass
system, and how our teams implement these services.



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Exploring Bring-Your-Own-Device in Assessment (BYOD)

Simon Trevers

Simon Trevors

BTL Group Ltd

Andy Walker

Andy Walker

BTL Group Ltd

BTL have recently been involved in projects to use BYOD for large scale computer-based testing.
During this session we’ll be exploring this further, looking at the challenges we have faced, such as multi-device support and test data security. The session will be ideal for any members of the Surpass Community looking to engage in BYOD testing.

Building the Assessment Ecosystem through Successful Integration

Dave Dixon

Dave Dixon

BTL Group Ltd

Andy Walker

Andy Walker

BTL Group Ltd

Gordon Harrison

Gordon Harrison

Gordon Associates

Scott Flockton

Scott Flockton

BTL Group Ltd

Jen Warhurst

Jen Warhurst

BTL Group Ltd

You don’t have to be highly technical to appreciate the business sense it makes to connect IT systems through intelligent and robust integration. Ever since we first started exploring the internet within business, we recognised the importance of data flow and reliable connections between platforms.
Within this session we will be hearing members of the Surpass Community discuss how they have enhanced their services by switching on the connections supported by the Surpass APIs. We’ll be hearing about their personal experiences and looking at potential connections of the future. We’ll also be exploring some smaller Agile projects that have demonstrated that a connected ecosystem can be very useful.



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