Facing the Challenges of Assessing 21st Century Skills in the Newly Emerging Educational Ecosystems
Building a Roadmap to Successful Student Assessment
Hotel Beatriz, Toledo, Spain, 18 September 2015 in conjunction with EC-TEL 2015
The new requirements and opportunities arising from current hybrid and scalable educational ecosystems and the rapidly changing and demanding labor market require an adaptation in existing assessment models, techniques and tools. In this workshop we will discuss new forms of assessment, needs and potential solutions, from the perspective of the different stakeholders involved in the assessment process (teachers, learners, policy makers, potential employers, etc.).
Call for Papers
Assessment is a key part of the learning process, whether used for demonstrating the achievement of certain learning outcomes or for formative purposes. Regarding the latter, numerous studies emphasise the importance of quick and personalised feedback for supporting students learning. Regarding the former, in today changing context, where lifelong learning is fundamental and the trend is for personalised curricula with a wide offer of courses (both in formal and informal settings), the demand for reliable certification of skills is increasing.
Both aspects of assessment pose formidable challenges in nowadays education. One key challenge is the new skills and abilities (cognitive, metacognitive, procedural, emotional, etc.) that the knowledge society demands learners to acquire, and, in consequence, have to be evaluated, either for supporting their acquisition or for guaranteeing their accomplishment. Another big challenge is scale, despite the pedagogical support for personalised learning. A notorious example are MOOCs, which promise education at reach for everyone but dilute the presence of the instructor among a sea of learners. Other emergent learning contexts, such as virtual 3D worlds or augmented reality, may also risk student solitude when used outside a formal class without the support of a teacher. In summary, while providing invaluable and undoubtful educational potential, there is also a disturbing tendency towards an evanescent role of the instructor in the newly emergent learning settings. This affects particularly assessment, which is also impacted by additional constraints such as security and identification issues, etc. Additional challenges are inclusion and accessibility, interoperability, etc.
On the other hand, the rapidly evolving educational landscape is experimenting the search for new business models, the evolution of the traditional leading roles (more autonomous students, teachers no longer just transmitters of knowledge), the increasing prominence of other stakeholders, new agents appear on the scene, etc. New requirements and opportunities, challenges and solutions converge, shaping the need for new educational and, consequently, assessment models, techniques and tools.