Cambridge Assessment is hosting a series of three seminars as part of this year's Festival of Ideas. The festival aims to encourage the public to explore the arts, humanities and social sciences via a series of thought-provoking events.
Session One (16:00 - 16:30): Opportunities for adult learners in the early years of Cambridge Assessment
Presented by: Gillian Cooke, Group Archivist, Cambridge Assessment
It is a little-known fact that although Cambridge Assessment was set up to offer school leaving examinations, over the last 150 years we have also created opportunities for adult learners. This talk will delve through our extensive Group Archives to discover the aspects of adult learning supported by the Group and how taking examinations was clearly a way in which adults sought to develop their own education in the early Twentieth Century.
Session Two (16:45 - 17:15): Assessment instruments over time – what can be gleaned from question papers from the past?
Presented by: Gill Elliott, Principal Research Officer, Cambridge Assessment
Past examination question papers are a fascinating resource and can illustrate the evolution of subject content, illuminate the development of different styles of question and help to track the trajectory of educational expectations over time. However, past papers must be treated with care – there are many inferences that you can draw from them, and some that you cannot. This session will be a discussion of social history as seen through the lens of examination questions. Gill will lead you through a lively discussion of the issues, extensively illustrated by material from our Group Archives.
Session Three (17:30 - 18:00): Do tests help or hinder learning?
Presented by: Dr. Nick Saville, Director, Research and Thought Leadership and Gad Lim, Principal Research Manager, Cambridge English Language Assessment
For some people ‘exam’ is a four letter word. So what purpose do they serve? Examinations are often dreaded by students and cause stress for parents. Shouldn’t more time and weight be given to teaching and learning rather than on assessment? Over the many years it has been delivering assessments, and as part of its work with ministries of education, Cambridge English Language Assessment conducts impact studies to determine the impact of exams on learners and learning. In this session, we look at some of the evidence and discuss ways that exams can help and hinder learning.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
There is no parking at the venue. The nearest car park is Queen Anne's Terrace (Gonville Place, CB1 1ND). Disabled parking can be requested by contacting the organiser at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?
Please send your queries to email@example.com.
I may be late for the start of the session?
Late arrivals will not be admitted, please ensure you arrive at least 10 minutes before the start of session.
Do I have to attend all three sessions?
No, just register to attend the sessions you would like to be part of.
Can I attend all three sessions?
Yes, you will need to ensure you have registered to attend all three sessions as there are limited places on each, you cannot attend a session you have not registered for.
Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
Yes, however we are unable to transfer places after Friday 14 October 2016.
Can I update my registration information?
Yes, however we are unable to amend your registration after Friday 14 October 2016.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Yes please print your ticket and bring it with you on the day.
*All registrations need to be received by 12:00 Friday 14 October 2016. No late registrations or walk-ins can be accepted, even if the booking system allows them to be processed. Please ensure you bring a photo ID with you for identification. This can be in a form of a passport or driving licence.