Day 1 – Session 3D – Innovative Approaches to Testing and Evaluation

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Session 3 – Technology and Digital Innovation in ELT

Room D

Assessment in the Digital Age: Innovative Approaches to Testing and Evaluation

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Amid AI’s accelerating presence in Education and most aspects of society, institutions are under unprecedented pressure to collaborate with AI tools for student engagement, teaching and assessment. Duolingo, the world’s largest EdTech company, is ‘all-in’ on harnessing AI to transform educational access and outcomes. Duolingo proposes this workshop to have a broader discussion on the role of AI in education, and its power to enhance assessment design and assessment security. Participants will have opportunities to debate their own views of AI across Education, and to share best practice from their experiences in implementing AI tools in their own contexts.

The session is most-valuable for those interested in:

  • Discussing broader themes of AI and its impact on education
  • Using AI and digital technologies for assessment creation
  • Securing digital or remote assessments
  • Quality assurance and ethics when implementing AI
  • Learning about the experiences of other institutions and contexts

Duolingo will also briefly share their latest test updates, research and innovation focus for 2024.

Don’t miss this exploration of AI’s transformative potential in educational assessment.

Presenter: Brett Blacker

Brett is the Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand at Duolingo, the creator of the Duolingo English Test.

Previously, he served as the CEO of English Australia, representing English language colleges nationally. With a wealth of experience, Brett has held pivotal roles such as Director International at the University of Newcastle and Murdoch University, and as General Manager at Allianz Global Assistance.

His commitment to international education is underscored by his leadership, including a past presidency at the International Education Association of Australia (IEAA), and active involvement on various state and national Boards, including the National Council for International Education.

Presenter: James Holden

A passionate languages teacher and student, James has taught English in 5 countries and speaks 4 languages, making him an advocate for both the power of international education, and the need to reduce barriers which prevent many from pursuing it. James has worked extensively across Government and international education providers on a range of education and migration policy initiatives, partnerships and student recruitment.

Most recently James has been based in Tasmania as the Head of Marketing and Recruitment for TasTAFE and Tasmanian Government Schools. He leads Duolingo’s engagement across Australia and New Zealand and is excited about improving access and affordability for those who want to study here.