Thomas set to share its expertise at European Association of Test Publishers conference

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We’re delighted to be speaking at the 2016 European Association of Test Publishers (E-ATP) conference, where we’ll be joining some of Europe’s most prominent thought leaders in the assessment industry to discuss the future of the industry - specifically game-based assessments.

The annual conference, Growing Talent in Europe: Gaining Advantage Through Assessment, highlights how leading organisations are benefitting from the use of assessments, bringing together test publishers, industry experts and businesses from across the continent. Covering five strategic themes, which include innovation in assessment, best practices, and collaboration, the conference aims to engage people within the testing and assessment community.

In a first for Thomas International, we will be joining this years’ speaker programme to deliver a session titled ‘Psychometrically-Valid Game-Based Assessments: Fact or Fiction?’. The session will provide an introduction to game-based assessments (GBAs): their emergence and evolution, challenges, current usage, and future direction, whilst allowing for a discussion of common challenges and implications of this emerging trend on the assessment industry.

GBAs combine gaming with assessments and offer the assessment industry a way to radically change the way that cognitive and non-cognitive skills are assessed. Suchi Pathak, Head of Psychology and Paul James, Head of Development at Thomas International will join other assessment providers focusing on GBAs to deliver the session, which will debate the positive aspects and potential limitations of GBAs on the industry as well as some ethical challenges.

The E-ATP is a forward thinking and collaborative environment to discuss emerging trends. The rationale and implications of GBAs have divided many people in the industry. This session will be an open and honest discussion about the benefits of GBAs above traditional online questionnaire assessments, but also the important ethical technical issues GBAs pose. Paul and I are keen to see what other leaders in the industry think and are looking forward to joining the 2016 conference line-up.

Suchi Pathak, Head of Psychology

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Keep up to date with all the action from the conference on Twitter with @ThomasInt_UK and @EATPConf. Look out for our next blog, ‘Psychometrically-Valid Game-Based Assessments: Fact or Fiction?’, where Suchi Pathak, will be sharing insights from the conference on the emerging trend of gamification and the impact on organisations.