My name is Rowan van Swieten and I have been working in the field of assessment and examination for 15 years. Digitalization has always been a central theme. I have fulfilled various roles over the years. This has given me the opportunity to take a look behind the scenes of various testing and certification organizations and their stakeholders. Over the years I have also developed my own vision on assessment. In particular, I have developed my own vision of what is needed to develop testing software and support services in such a way that they meet the actual needs of end users (both now and in the future).
In fact, this requirement of end users is constantly changing. This is closely related to various social and technological developments. What’s more, new insights are constantly emerging when it comes to testing and/or valuing knowledge. It is not without reason that there is a recurring (social) discussion about the way testing is done and its value. Think about the testing of knowledge, skills, competencies and talents and how these are assessed.
Now the assessment domain has traditionally been quite conservative. This is based on the assurance of quality, integrity and reliability. But innovation can also mean improvement! Certainly in our dynamic society with a generation of young people who have grown up with a variety of technological and innovative possibilities. In addition, changes are occurring in what we want to test. Time for new insights and to challenge traditional views. The challenge is to create support so that these changes are actually implemented.
In short, maintaining testing as part of lifelong learning requires innovating the form and structure of testing. This also applies to the use of (digital) tools that make the testing process more efficient, easier to access and safer. Digital support also ensures that the range of testing is increased. You can also think of innovative applications such as machine learning (AI) to improve the quality of testing based on already available data. Or what about automatically composing content based on that same data? The developer then only needs to perform quality checks on a random basis.
Without change there is no innovation, creativity, or incentive for improvement. Those who initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage the change that is inevitable.