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This is a session of Topic 5: Assessment in statistics education

(Friday 16th, 11:00-12:30)

The use of innovative technologies to enhance assessment of statistical knowledge



Assessment systems have profound influences. They define and exemplify what is valued by a discipline, and shape the work of teachers and the behaviour of students. Statistics and statistics education are undergoing radical changes as a direct result of developments in technology. Technology reshapes ideas on what is worth knowing – access to large data sets, innovative displays, and new statistical techniques should reshape the curriculum to emphasise effective exploration of multivariate data, and decision making informed by evidence. It is important that assessment systems evolve to reflect these changes.

Papers here explore the affordances of new technologies for formative and summative assessment. Themes include: formative assessment embedded in realistic tasks; adaptive testing; and the use of technology to support project work in large classes. Barriers to change will also be explored.


PaperTitlePresenter(s) / Author(s)
5D1Statistics assessment: the good, the bad, and the uglyJames Nicholson (United Kingdom)
Sean McCusker (United Kingdom)
Jim Ridgway (United Kingdom)
5D2Issues for the assessment and measurement of statistical understanding in a technology-rich environmentRosemary Callingham (Australia)
5D3Technologies for enhancing project assessment in large classesMichael Bulmer (Australia)