@IAEA2018: Big Data and Our Networked 21st Century Lives

September 14, 2018

Keynote speaker Rebecca Eynon, University of Oxford, rounded out the International Association for Educational Assessment’s (IAEA’s) 2018 Conference by talking about the social implications of BIG DATA in her closing remarks. SLATE sent a large delegation to Oxford for the conference.


Six representatives from SLATE attended the 5-day conference (9-14 Sept), giving talks, presenting posters, and chairing sessions. Conference programme.


The conference was about the dramatic impact Big Data is having on many aspects of our networked 21st Century lives.


Highlights include:

  • In a Session on Technical innovation, Jeanette Samuelsen gave a presentation: Supporting Assessment Through a Semantic Web Approach to Integration of Multiple Data Sources.

  • In a Session on Teacher use of assessment, Astrid Tolo was the chair.

  • In a Session on Transparency and accountability, Astrid Tolo gave a presentation: School Leaders Transforming Accountability Information into Actionable Knowledge: Balancing Trust and Control.

  • In a Session on New techniques, Kamila Misiejuk  gave a presentation: Challenges in Using Learning Analytics to Explore Peer Assessment Data.

  • In a Session on Data Mining, Barbara Wasson was the chair.

  • In a Session on Accountability, Fay Wheldon gave a presentation: Intelligent Accountability and Big Data.

  • In a Session on In defence of small data, Cecilie Hansen gave a presentation: Using Big and Small Data to See, Explore, and Inquire.

  • In a Session on Standard Setting, Barbara Wasson was the chair.


IAEA offers a global forum for all those involved in all forms of educational assessment – in primary or secondary schools, colleges or the workplace. Its members include examining bodies, university departments, research organisations and government agencies from more than 50 countries on all continents. Learn more.

See the wrap-up video of IAEA2018




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