ATP Innovations in Testing 2023: Rodeos, cowboys, and the best brisket in the world – Cirrus messes with Texas!

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This year’s theme is “Better Together”, and we are so proud to participate in a conference that promises to be full of new ideas and brilliant minds in e-assessment.

The assessment industry is evolving, prompting testing professionals and programs to adapt to new ways of learning and measuring outcomes. Digital access, remote workforces, AI, equity, personalised learning, and alternative assessments are impacting how the world learns, transforming the value of assessment. The ‘Better Together’ ATP conference will be full of networking with thought leaders and colleagues, learning new tools and best practices, and advancing the assessment industry. When we collaborate, we improve the efficacy of learning and renew the value of assessment to drive better outcomes!

We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting demonstrations at our very own booth at ATP! Exam security and integrity are vital, especially in the ever-changing education landscape. Cirrus understands your challenges and is here to help. Our platform is designed to make your life easier by offering a legitimate alternative to traditional test centres. We prioritise secure exams and offer a wide range of proctoring and anti-plagiarism integrations. Our platform also allows for randomised, balanced exams with Blueprints and Linear-On-the-Fly Testing. If you’re looking for a trusted partner in remote assessment, look no further than Cirrus. Come see us at ATP booth 406 to learn how we can help you deliver secure remote assessments:

  • Monday 13 March: 12.00-1.00 pm or 3.00-4.00 pm
  • Tuesday 14 March: 12.00-1.00 pm or 3.00-4.00 pm
  • Wednesday 15 March: 10:25-10:45 am

Speaking of LOFT 3.0, if you can’t make it to our live demonstrations at ATP, we have a webinar Thursday, March 9th at 16.00. We will be covering:

  • How LOFT 3.0 works
  • The benefits: Ending our reliance on costly, inflexible test centres and letting us deliver exams anytime, anywhere, while minimising content theft and cheating
  • Challenges & how to overcome them
  • Future developments

Register here to claim your spot!

Other presentations to note:

“Increasing Test Fairness for Neurodivergent Candidates”
  • Session Time – 9:55 am – 10:45 am
  • Session Date – 03/13/2023
  • Session Track – Peas in a Pod Discussions

Learn tips and tricks to making assessment more fair and inclusive for neurodivergent students, from dyspraxia to Tourette’s, dyscalculia, anxiety, ADHD, ASD, and certain mental health conditions.

“Are They REALLY Qualified? Helping Hiring Managers, Human Resources, and Recruiters Distinguish Between Different Types of Credentials”
  • Time – 11:15 am – 12:05 pm
  • Date – 03/13/2023
  • Session Track: Panel Discussion

This panel will discuss the changing role of credentialing and share current trends and research from a program, candidate and hiring perspective. The panel will share tools they use to differentiate credentials and provide takeaways to educate and support hiring managers, recruiters, human resources, and related audiences on how to leverage the proper credential for the right job.

“Engaging Authenticity: Incorporating Relevant Assessment Technologies”
  • Time – 4:25 pm – 5:15 pm
  • Date – 03/13/2023
  • Track – Presentation

During this presentation, we will discuss the role of performance-based testing, utilisation of games and gamification, and incorporation of longitudinal models in supporting successful assessment outcomes and promoting long-term examinee engagement. We will draw upon real-world examples of how exam sponsors have successfully integrated these innovative technologies into their testing programs and explore when these technologies may (and may not be) appropriate for a testing program.

To do in Dallas (when you aren’t talking LOFT 3.0 with us, that is)

If you’re in Texas, it’s no surprise that BBQ brisket is probably high on your list after some sightseeing. We recommend:

To Eat: 

Pecan Lodge – This is a popular BBQ restaurant located in the Deep Ellum neighbourhood of Dallas. They are known for their delicious brisket, but they also serve other BBQ classics like ribs, pulled pork, and sausage. The sides are also excellent, especially the mac and cheese and the fried okra.

Cattleack Barbeque – This BBQ joint in the north Dallas suburb of Farmers Branch is known for its brisket, which is smoked for up to 18 hours. 

To explore: 

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden – This beautiful 66-acre garden is located on the southeastern shore of White Rock Lake. It has a variety of gardens and landscapes, including a rose garden, a vegetable garden, a fragrance garden, and a children’s garden. There are also several art installations throughout the gardens.

Bishop Arts District – This neighbourhood is known for its eclectic mix of shops, restaurants, and art galleries. It’s a great place to spend an afternoon browsing the shops and trying out some of the local cuisines

Visit the Perot Museum of Nature and Science – This museum has exhibits on a variety of scientific topics, including geology, biology, and engineering. It’s an excellent place for both kids and adults to learn and explore

We look forward to seeing you in Dallas!

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