This Gasta presentation takes a futures perspective on the potential demise of exams as a means of final summative assessment of student learning. It is a semi-humerous take on a serious issue.
It’s 2025 and assessment by final exam lies bleeding and lifeless on a classroom floor. It is rushed to A&E where a group of anxious academics gather to await news.
A blood spattered consultant emerges to inform a solemn looking ALT audience (for it is they) that the exam is dead. The consultant explains that the very best EdTech people and Assessment teams had done everything they could to resuscitate the exam but the hemorrhaging was too extensive.
A pathologist will deliver the final cause of death but the crime team suspect ‘death by a thousand cuts’ citing complications of ‘super-complexity’. (Some of these complications are referenced below, others will be presented during the Gasta).
2019. An international survey of students’ ‘academic integrity’ reveals that 54% of undergraduate students admit to cheating in an exam or written test.
2020. The technology behind Google glasses is used in the development of ‘2020 Vision’ – contact lens that allow the wearer to access the internet and use the lens as a screen.
2022. Online invigilation or proctoring – once seen as an innovative technology and positive disruption to the exam hall– is doomed following a ruling by the European Court of Justice based on the evidence of the European Security Commissioner who identifies huge issues with the privacy and security of collated student data arising from a European project. She also compares the online invigilation of students via their webcams and mobile phones to “the type of surveillance once reserved for hardened criminals”.
2023. A computer bot named DECES becomes the first Bot to successfully register for and complete a fully online, degree programme.
2024. Where exams had predominantly been used to assess low level skill and content knowledge and managing faculty workload academics now agreed on new models of authentic assessment that demonstrated a learner’s ability to evaluate, synthesize and create both as an individual and as a team member. Students were now required to embed their own experiences in their assignments.
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Unfortunately the speaker will not be able to attend the conference and this session has been withdrawn