Support for innovation in the testing domain


Experts in the test domain speaking: Rowan van Swieten

My name is Rowan van Swieten, I have been working in the field of testing and examination for 15 years. Digitization has always been central to this. I have performed several roles over the years. As a result, I have regularly been able to get an inside look at various reviewing and certifying organizations and their stakeholders. Over the years, of course, I have also developed my own views on testing. And especially with regard to what it takes to develop testing software and support services in such a way that it meets the actual needs of end users (both now and in the future).

End-user needs

These end-user needs are constantly changing. This is closely related to various social and technological developments. Indeed, new insights are constantly emerging when it comes to testing and/or valuing knowledge. Not for nothing do you see a recurring (societal) discussion about the way tests and their value. Consider the testing of knowledge, skills, competencies and talents and how they are assessed.

New generation, new technical possibilities

Now the testing domain has traditionally been quite conservative. The assurance of quality, integrity and reliability underlie this. But innovation can equally mean improvement! Especially in our dynamic society with a generation of young people who have grown up with diverse (technological and innovative) capabilities. In addition, change occurs in what we want to test. Time for new insights and challenging traditional views. The challenge is to build support so that these changes are actually implemented.

Innovating the test format and design

In short, preserving testing as part of lifelong learning requires innovating the form and design of testing. This includes the use of (digital) tools that make the testing process, more efficient, more accessible and safer. Digital support also extends the reach of the keys. You can also consider innovative applications such as machine learning (AI) to improve the quality of testing based on already available data. Or what about automatically curating content based on that same data? The developer then only has to perform quality checks on a sample basis.

The possibilities are there, time for new insights and improvements!

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.

William Pollard


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