The pandemic has disrupted the functioning of almost every country, and schools and colleges have been shut ever since. As we fight the pandemic, Indian Education system finds itself at the crossroads, education and examinations have almost come to a halt, students now face uncertainties about their future and there is a pressing need to adopt digital intervention to create a sustainable learning environment.
In just a matter of a few months, the year 2020 has witnessed a sea change. However, every crisis opens up a new opportunity and despite all its challenges, the pandemic has become a catalyst for educational institutions to explore innovative solutions. To discuss one such remarkable opportunity in the field of education, TCS iON alongside the eminent experts in the field of school education, held a web-conference on ‘Global Best Practices & Evaluation Reforms in School Board Exams’ on 16th June 2020.
The key speakers shared insights and solutions that will ensure continual learning and evaluation in these unprecedented times and beyond. The top three global trends- Machine-assisted Evaluation, Location-independent Evaluation and Multi-stakeholder Evaluation are here to stay. Being the Education ecosystem stakeholders, we must be aware of these trends in the evaluation/marking domain and adopt them to enable seamless evaluation of the assessments.
Mr. Venguswamy Ramaswamy, Global Head - TCS iON, Tata Consultancy Services quoted, “Announcing results the day after the last day of examination by leveraging Location-Independent and Technology-driven evaluation can help Indian Education Ecosystem emerge as a global leader.” This could be achieved by immediately scanning the physically written answer books, uploading them to the cloud and evaluating them by leveraging Location-Independent and Technology-driven evaluation. If planned well, this would prove be a revolutionary achievement for the Indian Education system.
Here are the key insights shared by our key speakers.
Prof. Hrushikesh Senapaty, Director - National Council of Educational Research & Training (NCERT)
NCERT’s vision on the future of evaluation:
- Approach to learning must shift from a ‘Content Mastery’ to Competency Mastery’ and the Competency Mastery should be evaluated by leveraging technology.
- Learning focus must shift from ‘Knowledge Acquisition / Information Gathering’ to ‘Knowledge Construction / Information Processing’ and evaluation needs to be aligned with the same.
- Evaluation needs to be from a holistic 360-degree perspective.
Mr. Bishwajit Kumar Singh IFS, Chairman, National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) & Commissioner, Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti (NVS)
Evaluation Systems need Technology interventions:
- The manual evaluation process involves too much logistics and takes a long time to complete. Technology can transform it.
- Evaluation should cover both Academic & Non-Academic aspects in a student will give us a better understanding of a student and will help us inspire them to aspire big (in the field of their choice).
- Evaluation needs to be conducted in a transparent manner.
- This is the right time to embrace technology to overcome challenges of present manual evaluation processes.
Mr. Venguswamy Ramaswamy, Global Head - TCS iON, Tata Consultancy Services
- Machine-assisted Evaluation, Location-independent Evaluation and Multi-stakeholder Evaluation are the top three global trends that are here to stay.
- Announce results the day after the last day of examination by leveraging Location-Independent and Technology-driven evaluation.
- Technology needs to be leveraged for an error-free evaluation where retotaling and revaluation requests can be reduced to ZERO.
- Go Green by eliminating huge logistics involved in transporting the Answer Booklets and setting up evaluation camps.
Experts agree that Technology-Driven Evaluation is the future for Board Exams. It's time to seize the opportunity, make a transition from the manual evaluation process to a technology-enabled one and reimagine evaluation. Remote Marking would not only resolve the current problem but also eliminate logistics, ensure error-free evaluation, drastically reduce evaluation time and create a sustainable environment for all the ecosystem stakeholders.