Learnosity’s ATP Innovations in Testing 2015 Sessions

atp2015_logoLearnosity is heading back to ATP’s Innovations in Testing conference next week (March 1-4). If you are attending the ATP conference this year be sure to stop by our booth (#107) to meet the team or come to one of our hosted breakout sessions.

Attending this year’s conference will be CEO Gavin Cooney, CTO Mark Lynch, Vice President of Business Development Ben Powell and, the latest addition to the Learnosity team, Judah Karkowsky, President, Americas.

Learnosity is delighted to be joined by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to discuss some of the most important industry topics; cloud based assessment, test security and authoring Technology-enhanced item types (TEIs).

Full Details of Learnosity’s Innovations in Testing Sessions are as follows:

Locking it Down: The Key to Test Readiness and Security

Monday 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Mark Lynch (CTO, Learnosity) and Linda Andries (Director, Digital Product Management, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

With the move toward online browser-based assessment for high-stakes assessment as well as for formative assessment, exam integrity and test security have become a constant talking point within the online testing industry. Browser-based assessment has obvious advantages in that test takers have immediate access to the assessments, eliminating the need to spend time downloading assessment software. It also means that candidates can use their own devices and do not necessarily need to go to designated testing centers. It does, however, bring its own set of disadvantages. How do you know that the test takers are not finding the answers online? Or that they are not recording the items to distribute to their peers at a later date? What measures can you put in place to ensure the probity of online browser-based assessment? Meeting these challenges requires creativity, technology, and, of course, funding. This session will explore some of the challenges and successes that the presenters and their clients have faced in implementing security measures to ensure the integrity of online assessment. Solutions include: • Secure browsers: Test takers are prevented from accessing other files, websites, and folders on their devices. In order to protect valuable intellectual property and to prevent cheating, they are also typically unable to print, copy, cut, or paste data from their screens. • Detailed event tracking: Every online action that the test taker makes is monitored for the duration of the assessment, and the system administrator is alerted if the test taker is outside of accepted behavior patterns. • Test windows: The assessment may only be taken during a set time. • Student verification process and pacing: Test administrators issue unique codes to individual test takers and have the ability to monitor the test takers’ progress in real time. They can also start, save, quit, pause, and allocate extra time— all at the click of a button.

Cloud Based Assessment – A Match Made in Heaven

Monday 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Gavin Cooney (CEO, Learnosity) and Mark Lynch (CTO, Learnosity)

The increasing prevalence of cloud-based assessment can be taken as a validation of this assessment delivery option. However despite its increasing popularity, it is still a relatively new concept, and it is viewed as uncharted waters in many respects. The goal of this session is to better prepare those considering implementing a cloud-based assessment strategy by sharing some of the presenters’ experiences gained in delivering cloud-based assessment to millions of students across the USA. As well as discussing the general technical, business, and strategic advantages of leveraging the power of the cloud, the presenters will also discuss specific challenges that they have faced when delivering cloud-based assessments and the solutions implemented to overcome those challenges. The session will specifically focus on: • The improved testing experience for test takers (due to anytime, anywhere access) • The administrative and reporting benefits that real-time test progress tracking can offer • Ease of integration as compared with other assessment delivery methods • Perceived barriers to using cloud-based assessment, such as test security and academic validity • Technical challenges such as archaic technical infrastructure, limited bandwidth, and firewall and proxy restrictions • The cost efficiencies offered by the ability to dynamically scale to cope with fluctuating demand • The business benefits and challenges of having a constantly evolving product • The change from a traditional pricing and distribution model to a subscription-based model In all of the above cases, the presenters will discuss cloud-based assessment in the specific context of the Common Core state standards and how it may help states, testing companies, and educational publishers to adapt. By the end of the session, attendees will have a clear picture of the current challenges and opportunities faced by cloud-based assessment as well as some insight into what is coming down the line in both the short and medium term.

Don’t Just Check the Box – Authoring TEIs Made Easy

Tuesday 10:30 am – 12:00 am
Gavin Cooney (CEO, Learnosity) and Jennifer Lawrence (Manager, Development Systems, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

The Race to the Top Assessment Program and the introduction of the Common Core State Standards has resulted in an increased demand for new technologies and features in assessments. One of the most significant implications for online assessment has been the debut of technology-enhanced item types. (TEIs). TEIs are question types that go beyond the traditional selected-response or constructed-response collection methods and instead require specialized interactions from test takers (e.g., ordering a group of elements chronologically by dragging and dropping, picking out key words in a paragraph by highlighting, and manipulating graphs and charts so that they match a stated function). While the use of TEIs have many benefits, there tends to be a higher cost involved in creating TEIs than in creating traditional questions. This is generally because a significant degree of technical expertise is required to create these more advanced question types. This session will examine how to lower the bar for assessment authors— moving from a developer to subject matter expert with little or no technical training. Presenters will also discuss some of the common challenges that they have encountered when creating interactive, online assessments: • Requirements that online tests be the same as the paper and pencil tests and associated tradeoffs • Available technology features driving item design • Creation of new learning scenarios with poorly designed TEIs • Metadata and interoperability requirements This will be a fun, informative, and interactive session in which attendees will see how easy it can be to create complex TEIs from scratch. Attendees will be able to create, review, and publish directly from one authoring environment—no need to create on paper or in Word or Excel. No prior experience is required, but attendees should bring a laptop if they want to get involved.

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