Join the community and industry thought leaders to discuss and learn about the new challenges faced by assessment organizations. We have five informative general sessions/keynote presentations on hot topics related to today’s rapidly changing world planned for you.
In a rapidly changing economy, students with in-demand, transportable skills -- including problem solving, critical and creative thinking, collaboration, communication, and ethical reasoning -- are most likely to thrive throughout their education and careers. But until now, high school tests have not provided employers or institutions of higher education information necessary to confirm graduates’ competencies in these areas. Using the PLTW experience, Vince will illustrate these concepts and how PLTW delivers the promise of an assessment measuring both subject matter knowledge as well as transportable skills that are in demand to broader the testing industry.
Transformative Equity is a paradigm shift, from tolerating cultures and cultural differences to embracing the experiences of diverse cultures. Organizations that embrace a transformational commitment to equity, infuse cultural competence throughout their business mission, practices, and products and do so through the inclusion of diverse perspectives. Participants will learn about strategies for evaluating and discussing transformational equity practices in their organizations and communities.
Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning have the potential to automate, optimize and advance decision making in higher education. Potential areas may include anticipating enrollment, assisting in enrollment selection, predicting student success and informing learning and remediation pathways for individual students. This panel consists of four experts: two in the AI space and two from the learning and assessment space. The panel will discuss and debate issues relevant to higher education including current and future applications of AI and ML in educational technology such as providing actionable data for more efficient education, equity and fairness in student learning and outcomes, data privacy concerns and potential decision biases that may arise from these emergent technologies.
The nature of work has been rapidly evolving in recent years with advances in technology and the digitalization and automation of routine tasks and processes. Even before the pandemic, millions of jobs have been displaced by automation, particularly in manufacturing, but now also in areas ranging from finance to recruitment and customer service. The trajectory of change has been rapidly accelerated by the recent pandemic and its effects on the economy, the job market, and the now-common virtual workplace. These changes and disruptions have created a number of challenges for organizations and the people affected. One result we are seeing is a surge in outboarding and reskilling initiatives to enable people and organizations to adapt to the new world of work.
Here today to discuss these trends and strategies, we have assembled a panel of experts in economics, industrial psychology, and work placement and outplacement. The panel will discuss key questions regarding these issues, such as:
The need for equitable access to education and professional resources has been accelerated by the rapid societal changes we all experienced in recent months. The utilities and fairness of standardized, large scale assessment are under increasing scrutiny against the backdrop of the pandemic and a world-wide call for equity.
Broadening access to education and professional opportunities is a core mission of the assessment industry. We achieve this by accurately and scientifically measuring test-takers’ knowledge and abilities. Our industry has continuously improved and leveraged advances in education technology to make tests more precise, fair, and accessible. How are we doing as an industry to address society’s need for diversity and equity? Are our tests narrowing the opportunity gap? What can we do to better serve our stakeholders’ needs?
In this session, industry leaders from different world regions will take stock and reflect on their work in making society more equitable. They will share challenges and lessons learned, as well as discuss strategies that assessment professionals can adopt to increase equity.
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