e-Assessment Association Podcast

e-Assessment Association Podcast

Assessment and COVID-19 - Episode 5, The Irreversible Direction of Travel. Insights from the e-Assessment Association Community

June 16, 2020

In the fifth and final episode of a new podcast series by the eAA we welcome guests from the e-Assessment Association Community and discuss the impact of COVID-19.

eAA board member, Gareth A Hopkins from City & Guilds, interviews Steve Adams, Director Examinations East Asia Region, and Paul Muir, Head of Computer Based Testing (CBT), both from the British Council.

In this episode, Gareth explores the ripple effect of COVID-19, from its origins within China, it’s journey through the region, and how the British Council has responded to the challenges presented.

With his boots on the ground in East Asia, Steve Adams explains how from his base in Beijing, China, he and his team first heard of COVID-19 and watched it ripple through the region. Steve, provides an extremely useful insight into how the region has responded, which will provide invaluable information for assessment organisations elsewhere in the world who are preparing for the process of recovery. Listen and learn as Steve, discusses how his team adapted and started to prepare new policies for testing such as queue management, centre hygiene, disclaimers, social distancing, and refund policies for people that are not feeling well.

In addition, Paul provides a global perspective of the British Councils approach to e-assessment and high-stakes exam delivery and explains his views on how on-demand testing and remote invigilation will be able to help organisations going forward.

Also in this episode, Gareth, Steve, and Paul discuss the different cultures of testing across the globe including how AI is being embraced in the e-active region of East Asia.

You can hear more from Paul Muir at the e-Assessment Question Conference on June 30th at 11 am BST, during the session called ‘Assessment on a Global Scale’.


If you would like more information about the British Council’s New Directions Conference then please visit: https://www.britishcouncil.sg/new-directions

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Register for the 2020 Virtual e-Assessment Question Conference starting June 23rd here: https://e-assessment-question.com/


Steve Adams - https://www.linkedin.com/in/steve-adams-88992a14/

Paul Muir - https://www.linkedin.com/in/paulbmuir/


Gareth Hopkins - https://www.linkedin.com/in/gareth-a-hopkins-8261835b/


Tim Burnett - https://www.linkedin.com/in/tburnett/