Professional development in assessment

Presentation Formats

There are four presentation formats: papers, symposia, thematic roundtables and workshops. In all sessions, presenters can make use of a beamer, a PC and a flipchart.

For each submission following information is mandatory:

  1. Title:
  2. Presenter (first name, last name, affiliation, country):
  3. Co-authors (first and last name(s):
  4. Short abstract: max. 300 words
  5. Extended summary: max. 1000 words (including references). Please note that the submission system does not allow to upload tables and/or figures. Numeric information should be included in the text.
  6. Contribution to the conference theme 'Professional development in assessment': 150 words

Presenters, who want to provide additional information, are requested to bring their own copies of the hand-outs. The presenter also brings along other materials that are needed in their session. If hands-on computer training is provided, participants who anticipate attending these sessions should bring along their own laptop.

Paper Session (duration: 90 minutes)

This is an oral session, based on three written individually submitted papers. The participant presents the highlights of the inquiry in no more than 15-20 minutes, which is followed by a 10 minutes discussion. Try to make the session interactive and make sure that participants are involved in the discussion.

Symposium (duration: 90 minutes)

Symposia provide an opportunity to present assessment research on one topic, providing a coherent set of papers for discussion. Symposia are directed by a chairperson and –involve three presenters and one discussant– from preferably form three different countries.

For symposia, three -related- papers should be included in the session (90 minutes) with participants from at least three countries. In addition, a symposium abstract is required (300 words), the names of the symposium chair and the discussant should be known and the contribution question should be answered for the entire symposium (max. 250 words).

Thematic Roundtable (duration: 90 minutes)

In a thematic roundtable 3 to 6 contributions from different institutes address the same issue or theme from different perspectives. A thematic roundtable is highly interactive. One or two general statements regarding the theme form the basis for discussion.

Presenters will have a time slot of 90 minutes (or less if preferable) to discuss their topic and work with the participants. There are no laptops or projection screens present at the roundtables. However, different ways to discuss research work are possible in this format. For example, presenters may use their own laptop to show a slideshow on the laptopscreen, or bring copies of the handouts (e.g. 6 slides on one page/recto verso) or of the paper to the conference. Alternatively, or in addition, presenters can also choose to work with a (blanco/research) poster or other materials, to be positioned on the table and that may help to structure the presentation and/or discussion.

Workshop (duration: 90 minutes)

This format provides a highly interactive, collaborative session that shows the application of the outcomes of a research project. It can, for instance, demonstrate a tool that has been developed through the research, a new teaching method that emerged as a result of the project, an illustration of collaborative inquiry strategies used in the research that proved effective - such as a demonstration of an innovative way to collect information or to analyse information. Workshops should provide a hands-on experience that involves the conference participants in in-depth active learning on assessment and evaluation.

For workshops, additional information is required about the proposed interactivity (max. 150 words).

Review criteria

Scientific research is our core business. As a consequence, all contributions are assessed by blind review based on the quality of the research that is being presented (in papers, symposia, workshops or roundtables).

The criteria for the papers and symposia are the following:

  • Overall quality and scientific originality.
  • Significance for theory, practice and policy.
  • Theoretical framework.
  • Research method and design.
  • Relevance to the domain of Assessment and Evaluation.
  • Clarity of (preliminary) results, discussion and conclusions.

The criteria for the workshops are the following:

  • Overall quality and scientific originality.
  • Significance for theory, practice and policy.
  • Theoretical framework.
  • Research method and design.
  • Relevance to the domain of Assessment and Evaluation.
  • Clarity of (preliminary) results, discussion and conclusions.
  • Proposed interactivity.

The criteria for the thematic roundtable are the following:

  • Overall quality and scientific originality.
  • Significance for theory, practice and policy.
  • Relevance to the domain of Assessment and Evaluation.
  • Clarity of the theme to be discussed.
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