Featured Speaker Sessions

Want to see how technology is being used in testing today? What can we expect to see in the future? Interested in game-based assessments?

Don’t worry...we will cover it all and more with our 2020 featured speaker sessions!

Asia EdTech and Value of Assessment–Use Case Exploration

Presenters: Changhua Rich, ACT; Alex Tong, ATA; Alex Wu Zhang, Russell Reynolds Associates; Naotomi Umezawa , Kumon Institute of Education

In this session, the panel of experts from Asia ATP will discuss the trend of EdTech in K-12 education, AI technology use in testing and training, value of assessment in the new technology platforms, and disruption of existing testing business in China, Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia.

The market driver and business use cases for several influential EdTech platforms will be discussed.

We will explore the value of assessment and data use in these new technology platforms, interaction of testing and assessment companies under the rapid EdTech development, and impact on testing industry. We will discuss the market reaction to AI technology use in testing and assessment in education and training. Panel experts will offer insights on how the testing industry can influence and shape the integration of learning assessment and certification under the technology disruption in Asia.


Employer Perspectives on Shifting Workforce Trends

Presenters: Steve Linthicum, Rancho Santiago Community College District; Brooke Valle, San Diego Workforce Partnership

Where will the workforce be in the next five to 10 years, and what does that mean for workforce skills credentialing? The World Economic Forum’s 2018 report on the future of jobs suggests that by 2022 approximately 50% of employers will see a reduction in workforce and 38% will add new types of jobs to address the changing needs for employee roles. The report estimates a shift in 75 million jobs to machines, while 133 million new jobs may emerge that balance work between humans and machines. As a result, the knowledge and skills needed for employment will shift over the next several years and will likely continue to shift in the distant future. With such massive changes in store, what do these shifts mean for the future of workforce skills credentialing?

Join our panelists as we discuss these workforce trends, the importance of reskilling and lifelong learning, and our role in credentialing. With panelists from a variety of backgrounds, including employers and immigration and workforce specialists, we will discuss the wide-ranging, emerging questions that you need to know to ensure workforce skills credentialing remains a relevant and valuable contributor to the employers and employees alike. This is a featured speaker session that you won’t want to miss.

World Economic Forum. (2018). The future of jobs report 2018. World Economic Forum, Geneva, Switzerland.


CCPA Compliance: More Journey Than Destination

Presenters: Ryan Connolly, R. Connolly Law; David Herzberg, WPS - Educational and Psychological Assessments

This talk will demystify the requirements of the new California law, in the context of one testing organization’s compliance journey. The scope of data privacy compliance challenges is widening, from a primary focus on protected health information (PHI) under HIPAA and FERPA, to the more inclusive and stringent standards of GDPR and CCPA, which apply to consumers in general. Compliance projects must begin with the right professionals at the table: the decision-making authority for the business operation, legal counsel with knowledge of privacy law, and experts on IT processes and infrastructure. The presentation will discuss the initial deliverables of an organization’s efforts to comply with CCPA, including a comprehensive privacy policy and a map/inventory of personally identifiable information (PII) flows across every department and function in the organization. Certain security and privacy requirements are unique to the test-publishing industry, especially the R&D role of collecting sensitive data from thousands of individuals and using that information to develop and calibrate tests. This presentation will address areas that test publishers may want to prioritize in their quest for compliance. Compliance is never a finished work product - it is an ongoing project that requires attention to detail, structured teams committed to a regular problem-solving process, and constant scrutiny of the legal and technological landscape to anticipate the next regulatory challenge.


Do Test Sponsors Have an Obligation to Prevent the Next Big Cheating Scandal?

Presenters: Marc Weinstein, Marc J. Weinstein PLLC; Jennifer Ancona Semko, Baker & McKenzie LLP; Lorin Mueller, Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy; James Wollack, University of Wisconsin - Madison

With continuing media coverage of the college admissions cheating scandal as a backdrop and numerous other examples of high-stakes cheating schemes that tend to portray the testing industry in a negative light, we debate measurement and legal perspectives on whether sponsors of high-stakes tests have a duty to employ robust measures to prevent, detect, and investigate cheating before it turns into the next public scandal. In this session, two debate teams, each consisting of an experienced attorney and an experienced measurement expert, will debate the following resolution: Sponsors of high-stakes examinations, including examinations used for licensure, certification, admissions, and employment selection, have a duty to their stakeholder communities and the public to employ robust strategies to prevent and detect cheating and to investigate when they discover potential evidence of organized cheating schemes. The debate will include audience polling and a question/answer session.


Expanding Your Certification Program into K12: Challenges and Considerations

Presenters: Ashley Norris, ProctorU; John Grubbs, Google Cloud; Stephanie Dille, ProctorU

A combination of program-growth goals and the desire to reach individuals at a younger age has led several organizations to expand into the K-12 market. However, security and privacy challenges have hindered expansion into this market, which unfortunately limits the ability of minors to build and prove skill sets before entering college or the workforce. Through a case study, this session will outline how a prominent technology company teamed with an online proctoring company to expand a professional certification to the K-12 audience. Presenters will address changes made in exam delivery, exam policies, student registration, and the proctoring process, which ultimately resulted in a new online proctoring modality, built specifically for students in a classroom setting. Presenters will outline challenges uncovered along the way and their solutions. The audience will gain insight into K-12 testing and proctoring requirements as well as actionable considerations for addressing challenges.


Getting Started: Defining a Concept Statement for an Interactive Game-Based Assessment

Presenters: Jenn McNamara, BreakAway Games; Andreas Oranje, Educational Testing Service

Do you have a need for applying advanced design approaches and technologies, such as simulations and games, to your complex assessment needs? Do you find yourself asking, "where do I start?"

This workshop has been designed to answer that question. After a brief overview of key simulation and game-based assessment concepts and examples, you will participate in a facilitated, small-group, concept-statement development activity. You will define a topic and persona for a target assessment; discuss a number of design tradeoffs and requirements involved in interactive assessment development; and consider appropriateness of design and technology elements in relation to your defined assessment, including those utilized in immersive games, casual games, simulations, or virtual reality/augmented reality (VR/AR) based assessments.

You will leave with templates to apply as you consider your own assessment challenges, useful to narrow a concept for internal development or to use with an external partner.


Test Accommodations Case Reviews

Presenters: John Hosterman, Paradigm Testing; Hilary Wilson, Inteleos; Tanya Carpenter, Association of Social Work Boards; Natasha Niedbalec, National Association of Boards of Pharmacy

Reviewing test accommodation requests can be confusing and legally perilous. This session will use actual (redacted) accommodations requests, so participants can “learn from the experts” about how we make sense of these requests and their supporting documentation to make legally sound and fair decisions. The session will begin with an overview of the legal and practical issues that must be considered. Then, we will have an interactive review of actual case examples. When reviewing accommodations requests, what factors are most important? If the request does not provide us enough information to make a decision, what kinds of documentation can we ask candidates for? Can we approve less than what a candidate is asking for, and if so, how do we justify this decision? Can we deny an accommodation request and still be on solid legal ground? Our panel of accommodations and legal experts will untangle this as we walk through the actual cases and discuss how we would approach them.


The Past, Present, and Future of Technology in Assessment

Presenters: Anna Rubin, Cisco; Andre De Champlain, Medical Council of Canada; Liberty Munson, Microsoft

In this presentation, we will describe the past, present, and future of performance assessment by showcasing its use across three different organizations. We will start with the Medical Council of Canada, describing the common performance assessment modalities in medicine and health professions; Microsoft will describe their foray into global distribution of graded labs; and Cisco will share how virtual reality is reshaping the way they think about certification and skills assessment. All three presenters will share what’s working, the challenges of implementing performance assessments, the benefits of doing so, lessons learned, and other key insights. We will discuss where assessment may be headed, given the amazing capabilities that technology is enabling. It is fundamentally changing the way we think about assessment and how we do it.


Who’s Minding the Cloud?

Presenters: Benjamin Hunter, Caveon; Kirk Diepenbrock , American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Rebecca Modem, Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards; Joseph Kirkpatrick, KirkpatrickPrice; Janet Lehr, HP

It used to be that testing programs relied on in-house information technology staff to manage their sensitive data, such as test items, item statistics, candidate records, and credentialing decisions. This data was only supported and accessed by trusted personnel, using passwords, located in fire-proof, cardkey-accessed server rooms.

However, in many of today’s sensitive, data-management practices, testing programs have opted to move to computing Cloud environments, where their data is managed securely by third parties, offsite. We trust these outsourced entities to protect and manage our data securely. But, how do we know if our sensitive test data is really secure?

Join us as our panel of testing program managers and computing compliance experts discuss ways to manage sensitive, testing-program data in "The Cloud."


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