Message from the Chair of the Organising Committee

12th Conference of the International Test Commission

A Colloquium on Diversity and Equity in a Globalized Digital World: Opportunities and Challenges for Assessment

We have now fixed dates for the postponed 12th ITC Conference, which had been due to take place in Luxembourg in July 2020.  As you will be aware, we had little option but to postpone the event given the Covid-19 pandemic.  It was a difficult decision to make, however the health and safety of our members and everyone else involved was and remains our highest priority and we take it very seriously.

The ITC is running this event with the full co-operation of members of the 2020 conference local organising committee from Luxembourg. This is not the 13th ITC Conference – that will be next year; it is the ‘postponed’ Luxembourg Conference: The 12th ITC conference presented online in a virtual conference centre. All the work that was done for the Luxembourg event will carry over to 2021. Papers, symposia, and other events will be ‘played’ online in the allotted room at the allotted time and anyone who has logged into that room will be able to see and hear what is happening.  Registered delegates will also be able to view material asynchronously, i.e. at times of their choosing both during and after the four days of the event itself. A strong emphasis is put on interactivity and communication in order to compensate for the fact that people are not face-to-face. We will have a Meeting place with individual meeting rooms for Zoom-based scheduled meetings and ad hoc meetings.

For delegates and presenters, the cost savings are significant: no travel, subsistence, or accommodation costs.  There are also savings to be made by running the conference in this way (e.g. software licences in place of rental for a convention centre, and no lunches, or refreshments to pay for).  We are passing these benefits on through heavily discounted registration fees.

Registration will be only 50% of what it was set at for the Luxembourg conference.

This will cover all the same benefits as you had before, including ITC Individual Membership for one year, plus access to the content of the whole Colloquium for six months after the event ends, for all those sessions you missed on the day but wanted to catch up with. Furthermore, as an ITC individual member you will have free access to all the CPD materials on the Learning Centre site.

We have designed the event to allow registered delegates to have access both through a timetabled 4-day schedule of presentations, much of which will be ‘live’, as well as asynchronous access. The latter means you can access any event at any time in the future -once it has had its first ‘broadcast’ live according to the schedule. If you miss your favourite speaker because they are on at the same time as another one you want to watch or the time-zone differences are just too much, you simply access their presentation later in the same day or a few days, weeks or even months later. All the online material will remain available to for at least 6 months after the event closes on 12th July 2021. But you must be a registered delegate (which also means you will be an ITC individual member with access to all the Learning Centre’s other content) to access material from the Colloquium either synchronously or asynchronously, during or after the period 9th to 12th July 2021.

We are very much looking forward to meeting you all virtually and welcoming you to the ITC Colloquium on Tests and Testing in July 2021. Should you have any questions, please contact me at: [email protected] or Ananda van Tonder, who is looking after the administration at: [email protected].

Dave Bartram, ITC Treasurer,
Chair of the ITC 2021 Conference organising committee