The FLIP+ e-assessment community is now a legal association!
The FLIP+ e-assessment community is proud to announce that it is now an officially-established non-profit association.
This is a great milestone for our initiative which grew from informal thoughts and first reflections in 2017, followed by small but bold concrete steps in the years after, and to the launch of our e-assessment association today. It is a formal start to a great adventure with all those who seek to share and collectively develop innovative digital solutions to traditional assessment design, instruments and test administration to improve assessment of and for learning.
Applications for membership will be open as at September 1st 2019.
The Association has three categories of members:
- Institutional members, who are non-profit organisations involved in educational assessment
- Individual members, who are individuals with a professional interest in educational assessment.
- Honorary members, conferred to particularly deserving members, upon proposal of the Steering Committee and after approval by the General Assembly.
Stay tuned for more details on the statutes of the association and on how to join as a member.
The second FLIP+ event in Rome 6th-7th June, 2019
The second international FLIP+ event was held in Rome on 6th – 7th June 2019. Over 50 participants from educational assessment and technology institutions in 13 countries were present. Representatives from the IEA, OECD and UNESCO also attended the meeting.
The event offered the opportunity for participants to share their experiences related to e-assessment. The FLIP+ team presented updates on e-assessment activities in their countries as well as current and planned technological developments (such as item developments, offline solutions, e-assessment portal, functionalities, item banking, tools, data analytics).
Other than sharing knowledge and experiences, the FLIP+ team facilitated a session to explain the value-added of being part of the FLIP+ e-assessment community and the broad principles underlying the collaborative framework of FLIP+. Participants expressed a strong need for a shared item library for the FLIP+ e-assessment community. In line with this reflection, a separate FLIP+ workshop will be organized in Rome in autumn 2019 to address the modalities and principles underlying the FLIP+ item library. Following the brainstorming session in the first event in Paris in 2018 regarding the governance structure of FLIP+, a session was dedicated this year to presenting the statutes of the future FLIP+ association. In parallel, the FLIP+ developer community held separate conversations to share updates, demos and functionalities.
The presentations from the 2nd international FLIP+ event are available for download:
All participants actively participated in all the sessions and the FLIP+ team strongly believes that this sharing within our community can only contribute to strengthening the world of e-assessment in education. The FLIP+ team will organize its third international event on the 11th-12th June 2020. Watch this space for more detail and for news related to the upcoming FLIP+ activities.
FLIP Steering Meeting in Paris, 25th of March 2019
The FLIP coordinating team met for a one-day meeting on the 25th of March 2019 to draw up the legal aspects of the collaboration. In order to identify the initiative with the idea of openness and common shared interest in the field of electronic assessment, the partnership was renamed the FLIP+ e-assessment community.
During this meeting, the team also discussed the road map priorities related to technical developments and outlined strategies for sharing content. The agenda of the upcoming FLIP+ event in Rome in June 2019 was discussed in detail. Invitations to the event, a draft agenda and the instructions for registration will be sent out by mid-April.
Save the Date – Second FLIP Event in Rome 6th-7th June 2019
The second FLIP event will be held in Rome on the 6th – 7th of June 2019. More information and registration form will be available soon!
FLIP Joint Developments
A FLIP-developer community was set up in January 2019 in order to exchange information and share experience on technical aspects of the e-assessment, as well as to share progress on joint FLIP developments. Up to now, two joint developments – an offline e-assessment solution and an app solution (both based on TAO) – have been undertaken by three member countries: France, Portugal and Brazil.
FLIP Steering Meeting in Lisbon 5th-7th December 2018
The FLIP coordinating team met in Lisbon on 5th-7th of December 2018 to further discuss the legal and technical aspects of the partnership and to plan the next FLIP event that will take place in Rome in June 2019.
The First FLIP Event in Paris 18th-19th of June 2018
The 1st FLIP event took place in Paris on 18th – 19th of June 2018. Altogether 55 participants from 17 different countries took part in this meeting. This wide interest indicated a promising start to a fruitful and long-lasting community.
This first FLIP event provided a great opportunity for rich inputs and exchanges between participants. Country reports from current FLIP members France, Luxembourg, Italy, Portugal and Brazil were presented.
This was followed by an introduction to an open standard ecosystem IMS and a demonstration of an open source assessment product TAO.
Multiple extended roadmap sessions were then held, addressing issues such as assessment platform functionalities, security and data protection, data analytics and reporting, item banking and technology enhanced items, etc.
A first brainstorming regarding the legal organization of the partnership and the setting-up of a technical community was done during the two community-building sessions. The intention is to draw up a more formal framework that would define FLIP’s governance structure and mode of functioning as well as detailing how costs would be shared.
Feedback from the participants of the event showed an overall satisfaction and interest towards the event and the initiative. All participants responding to the feedback survey found the content of the first FLIP event programme interesting and varied and the organization of the first FLIP event entirely satisfactory. Participants also found the first FLIP event to be professionally useful.
75% of the respondents noted that they were already involved in the FLIP partnership or willing to play an active role in it in the future.
The participants showed most interest towards the following developments: portal for reporting assessment results, (online) and interoperable marking system, and technology-enhanced items.