National College Testing Association – Virtual Conference

(Last Updated On: September 3, 2014)
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Date(s) - 4 Sep 2014
9:15 AM - 4:15 PM

Foy Hall 246

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On September 4th, 2014 the National College Testing Association will broadcast a full day of conference sessions from the live conference in Denver, Colorado. The Biggio Center will provide a screening of the NCTA Virtual Conference in Foy Hall, Room 246. Learn the latest on assessment technologies, test design, preventing cheating and test security. Seating will be open for each session on a first-come, first-serve basis.


President’s Welcome / Opening Session

9:15am – 10:30am

A welcome from the NCTA President and the NCTA Opening Session.


Session 1: Empowered by Psychometrics: The Fundamentals of Psychometrics

10:45 am – 11:30 am

Presenter: Jim Wollack, University of Wisconsin – Madison

This session is the second in the Empowered by Psychometrics series, which began at last year’s conference. The goal of this series is to help campus testing offices transition towards becoming campus assessment centers which, in addition to providing testing services, also actively offer expertise to the faculty and administration on test development and educational measurement. This session serves as an introduction to psychometrics. In particular, it will provide in-depth coverage of both reliability and validity, the foundation on which all tests are built. It will also cover the basics of scaling and norming, two critical concepts in understanding how to interpret test scores correctly. Time will be provided at the end for audience members to ask questions.


Session 2: Inevitable Cheating Incidents and How to Combat Them

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Presenter: Lisa Epley, Western Kentucky University

In the realm of testing, the unfortunate reality is that we are all susceptible to the attempts of students who cheat during testing. In this workshop/open forum, we will identify common and unusual ways that students cheat and, at times, may not get caught. We will also offer alternative methods in your testing centers to combat this troublesome issue and identify ways to stop it if at all possible. All attendees will get an opportunity to discuss their past issues with cheating, current problems, and possible alternatives for addressing this issue in the future.


Session 3: Current Developments and Future Directions in Testing

3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

Presenter: Louis Woodruff, Bucks County Community College

This presentation will provide an overview of emerging new directions in testing and future innovations that will alter current practices in the testing industry. Topics include recent application of social media strategies that change how tests are developed, real time creation of exams through item cloning on the fly, future use of examinee-owned devices for high stakes off-line testing, alternate test administration models that will challenge the current test delivery paradigm, future advances in measuring human behavior that could create a new focus for psychometrics, application of psychopharmacology to mitigate test security risks, and emerging standards that will guide future directions for on-line remote proctoring. The implications of these trends and innovations will be considered along with their potential impact on college testing.