Keynote Presentations


OPENING KEYNOTE: Learning and Assessments for the age of Artificial Intelligence: meeting the challenges of the 21st century

Charles Fadel

Technology is redefining what it means to succeed in life and work, and even what it means to be human. While most of the 21st century bears little resemblance to the 19th, learning models have yet to undergo the deep redesign necessary to become versatile, adaptable, and encompass all four dimensions of knowledge, skills, character, and meta-learning (aka “21st century skills” and social-emotional learning). The role of assessments is pivotal and they will play a transformative role: summative assessments can provide new “scorecards” to drive change at all education levels, from K-12 through to workforce development, while formative assessments will scaffold the learner in all their dimensions during lifelong learning. In this keynote session, Charles Fadel will help us all understand how together we can meet the challenges of the 21st century.

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CLOSING KEYNOTE: Embracing Change in the Workplace Ecosystem

Amanda Malouchou
Talent coach, career advisor and speaker, UT&P Ltd

We live in an era where external changes are impacting the workplace ecosystem in a multitude of ways. Evolutions in technology coupled with socio-economic developments require that education, recruitment, and employment take place in a connected and inclusive global market. Yet at the same time, critical workplace components are undergoing significant transformation. The impact is evidenced in how, and what elements of, workplaces are changing such as organisational structures, the context of work, which professions are in demand, the workforce generational mix, the required competencies, and talent values and expectations. Understanding the drivers and trends of the rapid market evolution offers stakeholders the opportunity to manage ambiguity proactively, adjust focus, and enhance operational agility.

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GENERAL SESSION DEBATE: Is the Client Always Right?

The science of measurement is an exacting mistress that can sometimes put it into conflict with the business of measurement. Yet, as we all know, the assessment life-cycle is all about trade-offs but which take precedence?

The role of a psychometrician is to support the development of fair, high quality assessments that can be delivered consistently to maximise reliability. And while clients may initially agree, tensions can arise as time-to-market, design choices, product costs and considerations come into play. Where can - and should - compromises be made? Who determines what they might be? And what takes precedence: the science, or the business, of measurement?

Erwin van Schaffelaar will moderate this debate to determine if commercial needs take priority over psychometric considerations.

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