2019 Conference

View photos and presentations from the Surpass Conference 2019 in Newcastle.

Headline Session Topics

Global Assessment  •  Task and Simulation-Based Assessments  •  Tasks  •  Item Banking in HTML  •  Business Opportunities with the Application Solutions Team  •  Engage with the UX Team  •  New Approaches to Assessment  •  Online Invigilation Technology  •  Adaptive Assessment  •  Advanced Assessment and Item Banking  •  Preview New Help Tools

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Opening Keynote

Olly Newton

Olly Newton

The Edge Foundation

Olly Newton, Director of policy and Research at The Edge Foundation delivered the keynote speech at the 2019 Surpass Conference. In his presentation, Olly highlights an increase in skills shortage vacancies and discusses the type of skills that employers today see as having the most value. Olly gives examples of educational institutions at the forefront of change, who are preparing young learners for 21st-century work through an emphasis on project-based work in real-world scenarios, before emphasising the effect that innovation in the assessment industry can have on the future of education.

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Community Headlines

Sonya Whitworth

Sonya Whitworth

BTL 

Andy McAnulla

Andy McAnulla

BTL Surpass

Sonya and Andy update the Surpass Community on the key headlines within BTL from the last year. Sonya begins by giving an overview of the continued growth for BTL and Surpass, before discussing the success of BTL’s online invigilation service and the adaptive assessments being delivered in Wales. Andy continues with an overview of Surpass release processes and future developments in the platform.

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Engage: Community Experiences

Gavin Busuttil-Reynaud

Gavin Busuttil-Reynaud

AlphaPlus Consultancy

Janet Legge from Association of Corporate Treasurers

Janet Legge

Association of Corporate Treasurers

Nick Freeman

Nick Freeman

London Institute of Banking & Finance

The Surpass Community is probably one of the most diverse communities of assessment providers. Each member has their own unique and fascinating story to tell. This year we will be welcomed to this great city by Toni Brooks from Newcastle-based NCFE with an update on their recent activities. Then we’ll be hearing about NBME’s investment in Item Tags in content authoring, how they are using it, and the benefits it brings to item management, such as searching and reporting. We’ll also be hearing an update from Gavin about the inspirational work with the personalised testing being undertaken in Wales. We will welcome Laura to the stage for the first time to tell us about the experiences of Cardiff University School of Biosciences in selecting Surpass and their plans for the future. Finally, Georgie and Tom from BTL’s Product Communications and Training team will be providing delegates with an update on the new Help Site for Surpass and opportunities for community members to get involved in user testing.

 

Personalised assessments in Wales with Gavin Busuttil-Reynaud – AlphaPlus

Gavin talks to the Surpass Community about the pioneering work of the Welsh Government and the success of the personalised assessments being undertaken with primary school children in Wales. In this presentation, Gavin gives an overview of the assessments and how this new way of testing has been received. We also learn how this type of assessment provides a learning journey, and how formative feedback gives learners and teachers constructive information on how to progress as opposed to a score.

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Association of Corporate Treasurers and Dual-Camera Online Invigilation with Janet Legge

Janet Legge from the Association of Corporate Treasurers updates the Surpass Community on her organisation’s introduction and ongoing use of BTL’s dual-camera online invigilation service.

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Surpass Community Experiences with Nick Freeman from The London Institute of Banking and Finance

New Surpass Community members, The London Institute of Banking and Finance, spoke to the Surpass Community about their journey so far with Surpass, from recognising a need to move away from an in-house platform in order to keep pace with technological change, to delivering their first exams with Surpass, and what the future holds.

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Engage: Assessment for a Global Audience

Ibidun Layi-Ojo

Ibidun Layi-Ojo

Prometric

Laura Roach

Laura Roach

School of Biosciences at Cardiff University

Alice Niezborata

Alice Niezborata

ProctorExam

Emma Hall

Emma Hall

BTL

You’ll love this if you are looking at how you can reach new audiences on a global scale.

In this session, we invite representatives from local and international organisations to discuss their experiences in developing and delivering an assessment programme on a global scale. Our speakers will cover topics such as developing content for global audiences, overcoming cultural differences, and ensuring assessment security is maintained.

Assessment for a Global Audience with Ibidun Layi-Ojo from Prometric

Ibi talks to the Surpass Community about best practice for delivering assessments for a global audience. Ibi highlights the importance of considering the impact for different audiences at the very start of the test development process, and how simply repurposing the same tests for different audiences isn’t always enough.

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The Surpass selection process and journey so far with Laura Roach from Cardiff University

The School of Biosciences at Cardiff University are new to the Surpass Community, and in this presentation, Laura Roach tells us of her journey from being tasked with selecting an e-assessment platform for the School, to the recent trial with students. Laura talks through the selection process, and the positive influence of being part of the Surpass Community.

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Explore: Subjective, Task and Simulation-Based Assessments

Manny Straehle Interview photo

Manny Straehle

AERE

You’ll love this if you want to assess your candidates on the application of their skills, not just their ability to recall knowledge.

An exam is a unique experience that requires an array of skills to recall knowledge that won’t always be needed in real life. This session will focus on the use of various scenario-based questions that allow candidates to demonstrate how they would apply their skills and knowledge to situations in the real-world. These methods of testing enable candidates to showcase what they have learnt from a course, rather than traditional knowledge recall tests.

We will explore some of the innovative Surpass features that could be used to create a more true-to-life test, the authoring process of these tests, and a host of benefits of this approach to testing.

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Interview – Manny Straehle from AERE discusses approaches to test question type selection as part of the 2019 Surpass Conference

Manny Straehle from AERE discusses assessment question type selection, from multiple-choice to subjective and performance-based assessment.

This video was first played as part of the 2019 Surpass Conference.

With over two decades of active involvement in the credentialing industry, Manny is one of about 20 assessors for the ANSI ISO/IEC 17024:2012 accreditation standards. He possesses immense proficiency as a consulting assessment and educational research expert and sits at the top of AERE as Founder and President.

Alternative Keynote

Ben Whitaker

Ben Whitaker

The Edufuturists

Is education preparing young people for the future?

Ben Whitaker from EduFuturists delivered the alternative keynote presentation at the 2019 Surpass Conference. Ben looked at education in England today and asked whether we are sufficiently preparing young learners for a career in the 21st century. In this passionate presentation, Ben highlights how despite increasing use of technology and innovation in the classroom, assessments are still conducted via the traditional exam hall, and how we need the regulators on board to digitise examinations from the start as opposed to current processes of digitising handwritten responses for marking.

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