I attended the CAA 2012 Conference this week. It is organised by Southampton University, and held in Southampton. This was the 15th annual event.
It was well attended, with representative from many UK universities, several awarding bodies and some international attendees, including a representative from an Australian university. A number of Scottish universities, including Edinburgh and Glasgow, were represented. In fact, the keynote talk was given by Steve Draper from Glasow University, who explored why technology had not transformed learning and assessment. In fact, this assertion (that technology had not transformed education in the way many people expected) was a theme throughout the conference.
I attended a number of presentations throughout the event. I particularly enjoyed one given by another Scottish academic, Nora Mogey of Edinburgh University, about the "stylic differences between types and handwritten examinations". Nora gave a fascinating talk about student perceptions about, and the actual impact of, typing examination answers rather than writing them. Another presentation I particularly enjoyed was from Sue Timmis of Surrey University who spoke about "the cutting edge of research into e-assessment".
My own paper on "The need for a taxonomy to facilitate e-assessment" was accepted (conference papers are peer reviewed before being accepted), and I gave a presentation on this topic, which seemed to be well received.
All of the papers presented at the conference are published in the conference proceedings, and I think that this year's publication will make intesting reading.
Computing is the best supported subject in SQA in terms of e-learning and e-assessment materials, and attendance at events like this always encourages me to be bolder in this regard, which is something that the HN 2.0 project plans to do.
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