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Thanks in no small part to the pandemic, location-independent and time-independent assessment is high on the agenda. There is still a world to be won in the field of remote testing. This is why the Remote Testing Working Group is committed to bundling the knowledge developed around this subject, and is looking to the future by developing a vision on this theme.
While the COVID-19 crisis showed us, on the one hand, how resilient higher education can be in terms of online education, it also revealed to us the pain points of location-independent and time-independent assessment. The pandemic has put the need for location-independent assessment under a magnifying glass. The contours of the period after the crisis are also coming into sight. The digital administration of tests has not only increased during the COVID-19 crisis, but we also expect an increase when we return to campus. Because of this, the Working Group is developing its vision for remote assessment to prepare for the future.
The opportunities offered by remote assessment are widely recognised. 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 send back to stakeholders.
The aim of the working group is to contribute to effective distance testing in higher education. The working group focuses on the following activities:
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:
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:
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.