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Nov 08, 2011

DRS explains the challenges of introducing new assessment technologies globally at the annual IAEA Conference

DRS Data Services Director of Electronic Assessment, Graham Hudson, participated in the 37th Annual Conference of the International Association for Educational Assessment (IAEA) in the Manila, Philippines, last month and presented a paper focusing on the challenges of introducing new technologies globally.

The IAEA Annual Conference is recognised as a major event in the assessment calendar, bringing together a global audience including leading educational certification agencies, educational assessment experts, examination providers and those engaged in the research and delivery of examinations and assessments of all forms.This year’s conference provided a forum for participants to share professional expertise and strengthen understanding and relationships to build a global educational assessment community.Keynote speakers included Robert Sternberg from Oklahoma State University andAndreas Schleicher (from the OECD) both of whom gave interesting and insightful commentaries on current assessment and approaches to policy.

DRS’ e-Marker® electronic marking technology is successfully utilised by the UK's leading examination awarding bodies and the company has been engaged in education pilot programmes within several African countries, where the technology is already being recognised as a valuable tool to achieve greater accuracy and consistency of marking and significantly improved quality control.

Graham Hudson presented to the IAEA Conference the benefits of assessment technology, predominantly highlighting the implications of technological change and the importance of managing them effectively.

He explains; “Specialising in examination and assessment processing, electronic marking and student attendance and registration solutions, DRS has almost four decades experience in managing complex educational data capture projects and we understand that an essential factor in successful local implementation is the use of competent and knowledgeable local organisations, because local organisations understand local requirements and the delivery of change and on-going management can be achieved more carefully and consistently.”

He continued; “DRS is recognised as being able to lead the field globally as the company can offer the expertise and experience to support the management of change. The IAEA Conference has provided an opportunity to share best practice and offer proven solutions and the welcome we received and unfailing courtesy from all we met was fantastic.”


Additional information

DRS has the skills and expertise to manage data capture projects of any size or complexity around the world. Complete solutions are implemented using the Company’s extensive expertise in document design, printing, award winning scanning and image capture technologies, software, logistics, project management and consultancy. 

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