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Written exams are to be replaced by continual online testing to help pupils with ‘exam phobia’, a senior education figure has revealed.
Traditional GCSE and A-level exams could disappear within 10 to 15 years, according to Simon Lebus, chief executive of Cambridge Assessment.
And instead of three-hour written exams, pupils would undergo computer assessment.
Of the past: Students may be tested online rather than via traditional written exams in the future
Lebus said the new age of testing was not ‘science fiction’ as exam boards were investing millions of pounds into developing the new technology.
‘The likelihood is that in the next 10 to 15 years it will change almost out of recognition in that by the end of that period of time you’ll be able to do exams more or less on demand, on screen,’ he told The Guardian.
‘You can make the learning more valid and the technology can enhance the way people engage in the subject. It’s very expensive, complex stuff to do. But it is achievable. It’s not a vision based on a sort of science-fiction type fantasy.’
Since 2002, Lebus, a former investment banker, has headed Cambridge Assessment – a department of Cambridge University and the umbrella organisation for international exam boards including OCR.
He said the new system would benefit pupils who were exam-phobic, but acknowledged that traditional written exams would continue to be available to those who preferred them.
‘There are some people obviously who get very frightened by exams or couldn’t for other reasons do them well,’ he said.
‘They would be well suited to an environment where there were no exams.’
The computerised world envisioned by Lebus would allow pupils to take tests at any point in their course, rather than at the end. Their progress would be monitored through completed tasks and tracked online.
Lebus said the new system could involve ‘adaptive’ testing based on each pupil’s ability. The computer programme would generate harder questions when pupils answered correctly and easier questions when they got things wrong. Adaptive tests are said to give a more accurate assessment of a student’s ability.
OCR has piloted a fully e-assessed GCSE in environmental and land-based science since 2007. This summer 1,800 candidates at 80 schools and colleges will sit the new course.
The plans follow in the footsteps of the education system in the US which favours multiple choice exams and computer marking. South Korea is also rapidly developing new e-assessment models, while Denmark is piloting the use of the internet during essay-based exams, seen as the equivalent of allowing calculators in maths exams.
But the move towards computerised testing has been criticised by some academics as creating an unfair system.
lan Smithers, professor of education at Buckingham University, said: ‘Making judgments about performance isn’t easy. The best way of doing it is dispassionate assessment of students tackling the same tasks under the same conditions.’
Dylan Wiliam, a leading exam expert at the Institute of Education, University of London, said that instead of relieving pressure on exam-phobic students, the new system would mean pupils were constantly stressed.
‘There is no doubt that you could have a completely wired-up classroom where every keystroke will count towards an assessment,’ he said.
‘But that is too horrible to contemplate – the idea that students are under pressure all the time. We need a culture where kids can make mistakes without being penalised.’
But John Dunford, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said: ‘Too many people believe that the only legitimate examinations are the ones they took at school many years earlier. The world moves on and assessment should move on too.’
Photo: Richard Donovan in action in the Himalayan 100 mile race. From RTE.
From Live Science:
Richard Donovan, a 42-year-old from Ireland, is as close to being the real Forrest Gump as anyone.
Running to raise money for a charity called Goal, which works to ease suffering in Darfur, Donovan ran seven marathons on seven continents. If you know your continents, you know that’s a challenge. More: He did it in 5 days.
The order of Donovan’s insanity, which began Jan. 31:
* Cape Town, South Africa
* Santiago, Chile
* Sydney, Australia
“What he did was staggering, quite remarkable,” John O’Shea, the charity’s founder and chief executive, told the news agency AFP.
To prove he’s human, Donovan took airline flights between destinations. To keep it real, he flew coach.
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My Comment: As someone who has run a few marathons in his life …. I am impressed.
Millions of new internet addresses are put up for sale today, giving the public the chance to insert their entry into the world’s largest phone book.
The new “.tel” domain names go up for grabs this afternoon. Unlike other website addresses, however, they are not meant to act as catchy names for websites but rather to become people’s individual entries in a universal virtual directory.
Companies and individuals are being encouraged to list their phone numbers, websites, postal addresses, e-mail addresses and even their Facebook details in their .tel entry.
“.tel is your place on the internet, which will act like a switchboard.” said Kash Mahdavi, the chief executive of Telnic, the London-based company that runs the .tel registry. “You can say, ‘Here are my Facebook details, here is my mobile number, and people will always be able to find you’.”
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Google is rumoured to be delving underwater with a new upgrade to its Google Earth software.
Having already conquered the land and the sky, Google is preparing to add maps of the sea beds to the Earth package.
The company is expected to launch Google Ocean at the California Academy of Sciences next week, which includes an aquarium among its attractions.
Vice President turned environmental evangelist, Al Gore, will join Google’s chief executive Eric Schmidt and vice president of search Marissa Mayer at the event.
Invitations reportedly describe the launch as “the next big step in the evolution of Google Earth”.
The upgrade is expected to provide underwater topography, with a layer showing the depth of the sea floor. It will allow users to search for particular points of interest, such as famous shipwrecks.
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