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With innovation and technology making its mark everywhere, education can’t be far behind. Innovation in assessments has provided a chance for not just students to get holistic education, but also educators to deepen their pedagogical skills. Let’s have a look at the top five trends in assessments:
- Location-independent Marking
There are approximately 1.5 billion English learners in the world. That’s 20% of the world population!
Now imagine a situation where thousands of these learners are taking assessments to master the English language. Do we have enough people with quality skills to mark their assessments? What if the learners do not yet possess the proficiency to write the entire evaluation test? Their answers could be in part writing, audio or even video formats.
The TCS iON Digital Marking Hub is an intelligent, scalable, flexible and quick machine learning application that attempts to solve all these problems and more. It has made marking a location-independent process. The Digital Marking Hub allows candidates’ assessments to be marked digitally by a biometrically verified and qualified accessor sitting in any part of the world. The markers have been trained to mark written, audio and video format assessments. The students receive unbiased, transparent and on-time results, making sure their learning never comes to a stop due to problems such as location, time or quality.
This technology allows a Hyderabad-based marker to evaluate English exam of someone sitting in Japan!
- Learning Analytics in Assessments
Learning Analytics is the science of contextual learning. It measures, collects, analyses and reports data about learners and their learning graphs. It helps one understand and optimise learning for different kinds of learners and environments.
An interesting way in which learning analytics is used in assessments is when student performance and engagement are analysed to predict future assessment performances. The learners are placed in different quadrants, which are risk-based. These quadrants help to develop an understanding as to why a specific student is not able to achieve his or her potential. These prediction quadrants are based on various factors like the students’ social interactions, formative assessment performances, interest in content and so on. The software provides both reflection and responsibility to the learner and teacher on how to fix or change learning.
- Video and Audio Assessments
Replacing conventionally written assessments with audio and video assessments has a lot of advantages for both students and educators. Some of them are given below.
- A wide number of skills can be tested for students with different learning styles. These assessments allow educators the flexibility to design assessments that align with the learning outcomes of the real, future workplace environments of the students.
- The audio and video assessments give students a chance to opt for a diverse range of assessments. It increases their engagement and interest levels, thereby promoting deep learning and improvement in grades.
- Students have the flexibility to attempt these assessments irrespective of location and time. They can take these assessments as per their learning approaches and needs.
- Adaptive Questions
Imagine a classroom with 50 students and one teacher. These students are at the very least at five different learning levels. The teacher struggles to create differentiated lesson plans for each group. This problem is not just restricted to a school classroom. It could very well be a situation in college or even at your workplace.
Adaptive questioning is a technology where technology and data are used to identify each learner’s grasping levels. It provides individualised support at each question, making the learning unique and useful for everyone.
Let’s take an example of how this can be useful in a classroom. The educator gives an adaptive question assessment to children on their specialised education devices. The test, at each question, decides what to do next based on the child’s answer. It can allow the child to skip the next few questions because the student has an excellent knowledge about the topic, it can give another student an easier question because the student needs the topic to be further broken down. Another student needs a basic lesson in doing that problem, so he/she is shown a video showing the steps all over again.
- AI-driven Monitoring of Exam Venues
Remote proctoring or AI-driven monitoring of exam venue, at its very basic level, is a process to authenticate, authorise and control an examination venue. In a traditional exam hall, an invigilator will be required for all these responsibilities for a batch of about 50 students. Remote proctoring allows thousands of students to sit for exams from remote, far-flung locations without the need of so many invigilators.
TCS iON has taken remote proctoring to newer heights with the establishment of an AI-driven command centre in Chennai which can monitor 6000 venues across the country, in real-time. It aims to give a superior experience to administrators by conducting exams fairly and transparently by giving them access to a digital monitoring platform. The facility has the power of monitoring 150 parameters used to prevent cases of cheating and provides a platform for efficient exam management.
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