Outline programme

Friday09 July 2021Workshop ‘trailer’ sessions and opening session.
  Sponsor sessions and breaks for facilitated networking with colleagues and presenters about their work.
Saturday10 July 2021Colloquium sessions: Lectures, symposia, panels, oral papers, and poster presentations.
Sunday11 July 2021Colloquium sessions: Lectures, symposia, panels, oral papers, and poster presentations.
Monday12 July 2021Colloquium sessions in the morning: Lectures, symposia, panels, oral papers, and poster presentations.
  There will be a meeting of the Council with members, to report on what has been happening since last year and our plans for 2022. We expect the Colloquium to close by 14:15 UTC+1).

General Briefing for all Colloquium Attendees

This pre-Colloquium briefing contains a lot of useful information to help you prepare for the main event: The ITC 2021 Colloquium on Tests and Testing., This will take place between 9th and 12th July 2021 and remain accessible until the end of the year.  

This briefing also directs you towards material you can watch on screen and information you can download as PDF documents.

You can access this introductory material from the ITC Conference Website or from the Learning Centre.  You can carry out the recommended downloads from either site.  What you are reading and seeing on the Conference website was developed for the context of the Colloquium Gallery on the Learning Centre. So if you have access to the Learning Centre we would advise you running through the first Section of the Colloquium Gallery functionality – which will take you through all of these downloads – on the Learning Centre rather than on the conference website. However, if you do not yet have access to that, you can do pretty much everything the same on the website.

We also recommend that you download a copy of the working paper ‘Launching the Colloquium, which considers some of the issues relating to virtual conferring and how the Colloquium has tackled these.

There are three videos you should find it useful to watch. They all come under the general titles of ‘Getting Started Parts 1, 2 and 3′. They cover:

  1. Basic issues of how to get to the Colloquium and how to run the videos.  All the ways of interacting with Learn Worlds are described generally, whether being used for learning courses or for conference presentations (click here to download a copy of the slides).
  2. The second video focuses specifically on the menu structure built for the Colloquium. This can be thought of sitting on top of the normal learning centre functionality (click here to download a copy of the slides).
  3. The third is a bit of a flight of fancy but tries to substantiate the Colloquium as a virtual building with different functioning parts. This builds up over the video into the full system and tries to highlight the impact of the portal within this that manages the link between the relative time of the world of presentations and the absolute time of the Zoom meetings (click here to download a copy of the slides).

In short, this shows how we encourage presentations to be run by individuals at any time of their choosing, as all they are doing in practice is running a video. However, there is a link between each presentation and the Zoom-based sessions that provide the location for their live discussion. So, it is important to study the guidance and details of how Zoom sessions are synchronised with presentations. 

Before we start, just some reminders for those of you who are new to the Learning Centre, of how to navigate your way around.  

  • The left-hand side of the screen shows the sequence of activities making up the current session (or course), and you can jump between these activities by scrolling the list up and down and then clicking on the place you want to go to. However, we would generally advise you to follow them through in order unless you have a good reason to skip parts or whole sections.  
  • Move from the current activity to the next one by clicking on ‘next’ at the top right of the screen. 
  • To go back to the previous activity, click on ‘previous’ at the top left of the screen. 

Click on  to watch the three Videos now or use the left-hand navigation bars to skip to the sections that let you download content.

Play the three videos here:

  1. GETTING STARTED – 1 (about 14 minutes). This cover navigation around the site and how to use the presentation player.
  2. GETTING STARTED – 2 (about 20 minutes). This looks at the structure of the menu system and how to use it in particular to transition from relative-time to Zoom absolute-time.
  3. GETTING STARTED – 3 (about 11 minutes). A view of the Colloquium as a virtual place.

The Book of Proceedings

The Colloquium Book of Proceedings is a PDF file containing abstracts for each of the keynotes, the posters, oral papers, symposium papers and the workshops and panel discussions. 

For convenience it has been split up into a number of sections. You can choose which you download, or you can download them all. 

To download as a single file- c. 250 pages – CLICK HERE

To download copies of separate sections, click on the relevant options:

  1. Symposia: Click here (c. 113 pages)
  2. Oral Papers: Click here  (c. 80 pages)
  3. Keynotes, Panels and Workshops: Click here  (c. 23 pages)
  4. Posters: Click here  (c. 37 pages)

Remember, all the presenters are included in the Gallery and most have provided downloads you can collect from here. To look for individual presenter’s files – e.g., copies of PowerPoint side decks, you look here. It is not just for Poster presenters. 


The lists of presenters provide basic data on all of those who have lead on the preparations and delivery of all the material submitted for the Colloquium.

You need to look through this to know who is included in the list, what they have contributed to, and when. You can identify what someone has done if you know who they are, and can then use the session codes to find out more about their contribution. What the topic is, when it is being presented and so on.

The lists also contain contact email addresses, so you can get in touch with the person.

A reminder of the session code abbreviations is given below.

  • For an overall list of presenters in alphabetical order of surname across all types of session, click here.
  • For a list of people positioned by session codes within types of session (OP, Poster and Symposia), click here.
  • For a list of people positioned by alphabetical order within types of session (OP, Poster and Symposia), click here.


The following document looks at making links between presentation sessions and other events. It is easy to forget sometimes that live events take place at a specific time whereas virtual events, once recorded, can be followed at any time. The way in which we have related virtual to real time events is described here in a document called ‘Meeting with speakers and others’.

You are strongly advised to read through this before you spend time planning your time at the Colloquium.

It explains how the system works and how the virtual presentations are connected to the live zoom breakout meetings. 

First, there is some information on how the Colloquium operates and what you need to do to get around and not miss things.  

The document looks at making links between presentation sessions and other events. It is easy to forget sometimes that ‘live’ events take place at a specific time and then are gone, whereas virtual events, once on the record, can be followed at any time. The way in which we have related virtual to real time events is described here in a document called ‘Meeting with speakers and others’

To download a copy of MEETING WITH SPEAKERS AND OTHERS, click here.

Main Timetable


The download timetable and schedule of events includes both the schedule for paper presentations and the schedule for timetabled Zoom meeting sessions. You will also find the sponsors’ events listed, with descriptions of what they will be offering during their 15-minute break sessions. 

The detailed schedules for each day are set out in four files – one for each day. Click on the relevant day to download each of these:

  1. Friday
  2. Saturday
  3. Sunday
  4. Monday

To download the TIMETABLE AND SCHEDULE OF EVENTS for all four days:  Click here.

Each conference room has two breakout rooms for zoom use between sessions. These are: BR1, BR2 for Room A, BR3 and BR4 for Room B, and BR5 and BR6 for Room C. Note that Sponsors’ Sponsored Break sessions may be video-based for some or all of their quota of slots they have.               

If the Sponsored session is a video session, it is shown with a [v] appended. Otherwise, it is a Zoom session.    The following tables use a standard set of symbols to indicate different types of event.   For example, symposia are labelled with symbol: SYM;  WS is used for Workshop. Each Zoom breakout session either has an associated Sponsor’s video or  there will be an associated presentation that was made in Room A, B or C.   

You can download a copy of the above tables if you click here.

There is a detailed explanation of how Zoom sessions are related to sessions in the Colloquium provided in the document: An introduction to the Colloquium: Meeting with Speakers and Others. This was described earlier. You can download it from there or if you click here.