Pearson VUE @ ATP

Session Details

Monday, February 19
9:45 AM – 10:45 AM

FEATURED SPEAKER SESSION: Law Enforcement Engagement: A Practical Guide for Successful Engagement


Presenters:
Bryan Friess, Pearson VUE
Ray Nicosia, ETS

Session Description:
In September 2017, Equifax reported a massive data breach that could affect half of the U.S. population. Industry experts expect identity theft cases to be on the rise. This doesn’t include the wide variety of cases involving public safety. So how does a testing sponsor compete with these cases to get the attention of law enforcement? This session will explore how test sponsors and test delivery vendors have successfully engaged law enforcement for their test security cases.

 

Monday, February 19
9:45 AM – 10:45 AM

BREAKOUT SESSION: Making the Most of Job Task Analyses


Presenters:
Joshua Goodman, NCCPA
James Masters, Pearson VUE
Lavina Harless, ASWB
Becky Appenzeller, BRPT
Rali Petrova, American Payroll Association
Grady Barnhill, NCCPA

Session Description:
Certification organizations aim to create tests that reflect the knowledge, skills, and abilities essential for success on the job. Job Task Analyses (JTA) are the industry standard for gathering information when deciding what content should be included on a test. Generally JTAs should be conducted every 5-7 years to ensure current content. This session will focus on different ways to conduct JTAs when an organization determines test content for several distinct, but related testing programs. Opportunities to review and discuss examples of effective and ineffective methods will be provided.

 

Monday, February 19
12:15 PM – 1:30 PM

PRODUCT DEMO: Mapping Occupations and Achievements with Cognitive Computing


Presenters:
Jarin Schmidt, Acclaim

Session Description:
The way professionals receive recognition for competencies and experiences is going through a digital transformation, the results of which are two-fold: 1) the ways someone can receive professional recognition is becoming more diverse, and 2) the amount of data available to provide context and validation is increasing. Documenting credentials in these formats enables new capabilities and opportunities, from aligning credentials to career paths, additional learning content or real-time labor market data. To make use of these new opportunities, Acclaim has developed an algorithm that can automate the mapping of learning outcomes and achievements into occupations.

As credentialing programs improve how they document recognition, new opportunities to use big data technologies will emerge. Our demonstration provides one such example and gives participants the foundation to come up with additional ideas on their own.

 

Monday, February 19
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

PLATINUM SPONSOR SESSION (Pearson VUE): Fast-Track Your Content Strategy


Presenters:
Erik Meyer, Pearson VUE
Julie Gleason, Pearson VUE
Ruth Ramstad, Pearson VUE

Session Description:
It’s time to take your exam program to the next level, but the status quo isn't enough to achieve your goals. Perhaps you’ve identified that it's time to expand your candidate pool and reach new members. Maybe you’re considering adopting new test designs that assess higher-order skills. Or, are you looking to execute on new opportunities leveraging the content you already have? What’s the best way to keep your program fresh while protecting what’s most valued by your stakeholders?

In this session, you’ll hear from our panel of subject matter experts (SME) who will present specific techniques to help you plan and implement a successful program refresh. We’ll explore how to create new test items and testing strategies, validate innovative item types, and touch on psychometric and usability item evaluation tools. We'll also present an approach for managing item writing that can be replicated – giving you the tools to run your own item writing workshop. Lastly, we’ll highlight best practices for your subject matter expert approach and explore the best way to evaluate how new delivery models, like online proctoring, might fit within your content development and program strategy.

With proven methodologies and creative problem solving, Pearson VUE has the expertise and proven history of collaborating with organizations around the world to help them effectively explore new opportunities to advance and expand their unique program requirements – big or small.

 

Monday, February 19
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

BREAKOUT SESSION: Structured Item Development for Enhancing Credentialing Programs


Presenters:
Philip Dickison, PhD, National Council of State Boards of Nursing
Anthony Zara, PhD, Pearson VUE

Session Description:
As test creation costs increase, methods for potentially lowering testing costs are achieving high interest in the assessment industry. One such method that is getting increasing traction is Automatic Item Generation (AIG). AIG is a process utilizing cognitive modeling and computer technology to generate multiple-choice items, which have traditionally be costly to create.

Learn how a non-AIG task modeling development framework can produce items to completely measure the construct of interest, including higher-order cognitive constructs. We will discuss a framework for test development, using this process. With this approach, items can be developed in a structured way to assure that the entire construct is being assessed, including the multiple knowledge attributes involved in the cognitive processing of a complex situation. Creating structured items by combining cognitive factors with contextual factors provides a repeatable methodology for filling sparse areas of the item pool.

 

Monday, February 19
3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

BREAKOUT SESSION: Innovative Item Design: A New Way - The Ramstad Model


Presenters:
Sharon Machado
Ruth Ramstad, Pearson VUE

Session Description:
As more and more testing programs want to explore new and innovative ways of testing, it has become useful to develop a simple, non-technical way to describe the primary designable aspects of the items and tests.

This session presents a simple framework we have used to facilitate requirements workshops and design sessions as well as being a useful complement to story-boarding methods of requirements development.

We'll discuss how the use of this method can help testing programs bring new item types, even new testing types into being faster by providing a simple way of organizing requirements and design decisions.

 

Tuesday, February 20
9:15 AM - 10:45 AM

WORKSHOP: Keep It Together: Innovative SME engagement strategies


Presenters:
Emily Yunker, Physician Assistant Education Association
Ruth Dalager Buuck, Pearson VUE
Sheila Mauldin, NCCPA (National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants)
Kim Cavanagh, Physicians Assistant Education Association

Session Description:
Subject Matter Experts (SME) are essential to test publishing because no matter the test, they have one job – produce the content. What can we, as the publishers, do to help them complete their work on time and with high quality? How can we move from a purely administrative model to something more motivational?

This session will walk participants through one case – from SME recruitment through key validation – and how engagement opportunities vary along the way. Then, participants will engage in an activity to design SME engagement plans for a model production process in different industries. At the conclusion of the session, the groups will come together to discuss what they’ve come up with and compare – what is the same across all industries and what needs to be different.

By engaging SMEs throughout their assignment period in substantive ways, you’ll spend less time in the days leading up to a deadline or during peer review.

One assessment—a high school equivalency assessment—provides candidates taking either the practice test or the operational test detailed feedback on the competencies that they demonstrated strengths in as well as the specific skills they need to strengthen or attain to improve their performance. The skills and competencies are cross-referenced to educational materials aligned to the test from 20 approved publishers. Links to these materials help candidates immediately address skill deficits and prepare for their next testing opportunity. For test takers who pass the exam, the feedback provides guidance on skills that they will need to acquire to help them advance on their next educational or career goals.

The second—a graduate admissions assessment—offers customized feedback on specific question types, skills, and timing that offers invaluable insight into a candidate’s performance on the exam and provides actionable information that will help the candidate identify their strengths and weaknesses on the skills tested in each section of the exam, as well as the time spent on each question. It enables test takers to speak to admissions staff about their skills as well as helps improve skills before arriving in the classroom or—should they decide—help them focus their preparation efforts for a future sitting of the exam.

This session will focus on how examiners can delve deeper into the exam data and report on it effectively, providing actionable insights while at the same time preserving the reliability and defensibility of the information that is reported.

 

Tuesday, February 20
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

INNOVATION LAB


Session Description:
For the second year, ATP will host the ATP Innovation Lab – a forum designed to bring to light inventors and entrepreneurs whose technology, products, or services could be “game-changers” for the industry.

The ATP Innovations in Testing Conference is well-known for its high-quality content and for attracting leaders in the assessment industry. With more than 1200 industry-leading attendees, the ATP Innovations in Testing Conference is one of the assessment industry’s largest and best known conferences.

2018 Innovation Lab Participants

 

Wednesday, February 21
8:45 AM – 9:45 AM

PEAS IN A POD: Love Your Enemies


Presenters:
Kirk Becker, Pearson VUE
Timothy Muckle, National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA)
Joshua Goodman, National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants

Session Description:
Candidates seeing an overabundance of similar items may complain, raise alarm via social media and perhaps erode confidence in the exam, could become a real headache for certification organizations. When a test does not adequately sample across a construct, the validity of inferences made from that test are questionable. Large item banks also present logistical problems to the item development process that are difficult to solve. This presentation will include current research on the evaluation of item pools when large numbers of enemy relationships are present. Natural language processing (NLP) provides automated methods that complement human efforts for flagging item pairs that should be considered enemies (either for content overlap, cueing, or similar subject matter). Practical details on the use of NLP for enemy item detection for multiple programs over the past decade will be provided.

 

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Exhibit Hall Hours & Events

Sunday, February 18

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

 

Opening Reception

 

Monday, February 19

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Breakfast with Exhibitors

10:45 AM - 11:15 AM

Coffee Break with Exhibitors

12:15 PM - 1:30 PM

Lunch with Exhibitors & Product Demos

2:30 PM - 3:15 PM

 

Dessert with Exhibitors

 

4:15 PM - 4:30 PM

 

Break with Exhibitors

 

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

 

Reception with Exhibitors and ePoster Sessions

 

7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

 

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Tuesday, February 20

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Breakfast with Exhibitors

10:45 AM - 11:00 AM

Break with Exhibitors

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Lunch with Exhibitors

2:30 PM - 4:15 PM

Dessert with Exhibitors