Working group Remote digital assessment

Due to the pandemic, location and time independent testing is high on the agenda. There is still a world to be won in the field of remote testing. That is why the Remote Testing working group is committed to bundling knowledge development around this subject, and is looking ahead to the future by developing a vision on this theme.

The COVID-19 crisis showed on the one hand how resilient higher education can be in terms of online education, but also the pain points of place and time independent testing. The pandemic has put the need for location-independent testing under a magnifying glass. The contours of the period after the crisis are also outlined. The digital administration of tests has not only increased during the COVID-19 crisis, we also expect an increase when returning to campus. That is why the working group is working on a vision for remote testing, in order to prepare for the future.

The opportunities surrounding remote testing are widely seen. Various stakeholders have already started their own working groups, user groups and knowledge sharing groups to collect and exchange answers. It is the task of the working group to combine the efforts of these networks and to initiate answers that we can give back to stakeholders.

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Goal of the working group

The aim of the working group is to contribute to effective distance testing in higher education. The working group focuses on the following activities:

  • identifying issues and actively sharing new insights;
  • Initiating and driving solutions for the issues;
  • Develop practical tools for stakeholders;
  • Joining forces of the different networks.

The aim is to identify and publish issues and new insights before September 2021. In doing so, the first solutions for the most acute problems must be initiated. The target group also wants the tools and handles to reach the stakeholders via the various national networks. This includes organizing a national collaboration on proctoring issues, a vision document for remote testing, tools for the transition in testing and a checklist in the field of testing organization and procedures.


The Remote Testing working group works with various themes. From the design of tests to online proctoring. The working group will work on the following five themes:

  1. Test Goal & Test Design
  2. Procedures
  3. Test organization
  4. proctoring
  5. Vision on remote keys

All five themes contribute to better remote testing. For knowledge and professional skills tests as well as insight tests. Want to know more about the themes?


The stakeholders in remote testing are diverse: from examination boards to policy officers. That is why we distinguish between the following stakeholders within the Remote Testing working group:

  • Students, lecturers, administrators (including program management), examination boards, employee participation
  • Test experts (educational experts, test coordinators, educational advisors)
  • Policy officers (OER) and quality assurance officers
  • Data Protection Officer
  • Education logistics
  • Legal advisors

But also:

  • ICT support/Functional administrators
  • suppliers of software (including test applications & proctoring applications) and purchasing.


How does the Testing of Distance working group ensure actual impact? The materials resulting from the work of the Remote Testing working group will be distributed and promoted to the various stakeholders. Various actions will be taken to this end, including the organization of informative webinars, discussion meetings, workshops, and hands-on training. In addition, the available materials will be distributed via SURF.

The use and impact of the material that will be developed, bundled and made available in the Remote Testing working group will be investigated. Both by monitoring how many stakeholders use material and by questioning what stakeholders use the material for and how useful the materials are.

If you have any questions about the Remote Testing working group, please contact:

Sharon Klinkenberg

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