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Reliability and validity

A Jisc and City and Guilds webinar held in early 2022 focused on assessment for learning and the potential to augment or improve the reliability, validity, and efficiency impact of assessment. The webinar was one of a series intended to drive forward the conversation the the vocational education and training sector around the future of assessment, challenging existing practice and highlighting opportunities for and the affordances of technology enhanced assessment and learning. Patrick Craven from City and Guilds pointed out that different approaches to eAssessment could support more reliable assessment and / or more valid assessments. There remain constraints in terms of efficiency: very reliable and valid systems were not always efficient. Conversely reliable and efficient systems like multi choice questions often delivered lower validity. The use of technologies for assessment is largely dependent on what the purpose of the assessment is and the nature of what is being assessed (see Diagram 1: Digital Assessment Strategies, Patrick Craven).

Schematics of Digital Assessment Strategies (Patrick Craven)

 Assessment for Learning: Digital Innovation, https://beta.jisc.ac.uk/events/assessment-for-learning-digital-innovation#event-resources

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