On Sunday and Monday, I had the opportunity to attend the Assessment in Middle East conference hosted at the prestigious Abu Dhabi University. The conference brought together higher education professionals across the Middle East to discuss how the assessment of students and faculty can contribute to quality improvement through the use of data. It was fascinating to see talk with these professionals on how they use data to make themselves better.
Within our own business, we like to D.R.E.A.M. (insert Wu Tang Clan reference here… RIP ODB). D.R.E.A.M stands for Data rules everything around me, and at Assessment Systems it really does. It is refreshing to have been surrounded by professionals for two days who thrive off of continual improvement using data as opposed to doing things like they always had because ‘than is just how we do it here’. These are the types of professionals I love working with.
I have a lot of great takeaways from my time at the conference and look forward to sharing them with my team when I return.
Until next time!
I have have traveled quite a bit around the world in my 44 years on this planet, but I am definitely ready form the airlines to bring back the Concorde! Somebody needs to innovate this flight from Dulles to Abu Dhabi.
Speaking of innovation, I am honored to be working for a company and a CEO that embody the spirit of innovation each and every day. To truly be innovative, you must be brave and fearless. It is easy for an organization to talk about ‘being innovative’ or even take all of the money they have fleeced from State assessments and innovate in a manner that keeps the benefits behind walls and continue to swindle the States. That’s not how we roll and I am very proud of that.
Picture in your mind: a day where psychometrics is automated, accessible and affordable to all that wish to make sure bad tests don’t hurt good people. That is the exciting working I get to participate in each and every day. To that end, I will be attending the Assessment in Middle East conference the next couple of days with like minded innovators. Definitely excited!
Until we talk again.
PS:. Somebody call Elon Musk for me to get this flight shortened!
Why do we work? This is an interesting question. Some work purely for money. Some work to belong to something bigger than themselves. If I look back on my career, I have always worked to help people. During my Sports medicine days, I helped student athletes gain access to optimal health care. When I worked at a certification body, we helped protect the public by making sure health care providers had a minimum level of competency. Right now, I am embarking on a 21 day journey to work with organizations to create and deliver valid and precise assessments using modern testing theory – this makes me happy.
Happy to know that the sacrifices I am making are going to making this world a better place. In the end, we don’t want bad tests to hurt good people.
At Assessment Systems, we believe one of us isn’t as smart as all of us. My first stop on this journey: Washington, DC, where I will spend a day collaborating with my colleague Kat Stanley. After that, off the to Middle East in search of assessments that need to be Smarter, Faster, and Fairer!
I hope you continue to follow me on this journey. Until we talk again!