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Microsoft’s Accessibility Journey: Putting the Candidate at the Center
presented by Liberty Munson, Don Tanedo (Microsoft) and Pat Hughes (Internet Testing Systems)

Microsoft is on a journey to create more delightful exam experiences, putting the candidate at the heart of every decision that is made about how we deliver our exams. By taking this focus, we are moving beyond what is strictly required by the law. While following WCAG standards is important, our focus on the candidate has not only led to more accessible exams, it has led to some surprising insights that are driving inclusivity and innovation in unexpected places. During this session, we will discuss our journey, what we have learned along the way, including best practices, tips, and tricks that you can use as you embark on your own accessibility journey, and where we go from here.

The facts about the level of bilingual proficiency in the working language
presented by Iliana Sutton, Aha! Workforce Education Solutions

This webinar discussed 7-year findings, how the seven areas of the Language Round Table and how the critical Interpreter Standards contribute to proficiency levels, and how to train Bilinguals based on their working languages.

This webinar guided attendees through the following topics: What exactly is “AI”? (And just as important: What is AI not!), a model for adopting AI (as well as an example of machine learning), applying AI to the JTA, opportunities for applying AI to exam blueprints (focusing on automation/augmentation), applying AI to developing content (performance tasks, case studies, and items).

PTC Webinar: Testing Performance – Beyond IT
presented by Ruth Ramstad, Pearson VUE

This webinar explored the options outside of IT labs including the types of artifacts being used today, tools available to create them, and gaps in lab solutions around artifact assessment.

PTC Webinar: A Case for Challenge-centric Learning
presented by Frank Gartland, Learn on Demand Systems

This webinar showcases a data-driven approach to validating the construct of a monolingual performance assessment for healthcare interpreters, an innovative approach to assessing bilingual interpreting skills. The Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI) has administered the national certification programs for healthcare interpreters since 2010, including the bilingual oral performance examinations in Arabic, Mandarin, and Spanish. In 2020, CCHI, with the help of Prometric, conducted the English-to-English (EtoE) Interpreter Testing Study to explore if cognitive interpreting skills can be measured via a standardized oral performance monolingual test in English (EtoE) so that this test can be used in the future for interpreters of less common languages for whom creating a separate bilingual oral performance exam is infeasible.

Webinar: You’re Live! What’s Next?!
presented by Casey Kearns, Pearson VUE and Pat Hughes, Internet Testing Systems

The presenters used a series of scenarios and questions to present the audience with considerations for what happens after your performance testing program goes live. So much hard work and effort goes into introducing performance testing elements, and it can be a relief just getting that far—but how can a program stay ahead? The presenters drew from their experiences as well as great input from the audience to bring attention to the next set of topics that will help make the program successful in the long run.

Webinar: The Common Elements of Performance (Based) Tests
presented by Catharine Cooper,Pearson VUE and Rory McCorkle, PSI Services

The term performance testing means many different things around the testing industry. During our March 2018 summit, the attendees and PTC members asked for PTC to help articulate the common ground of performance testing/performance-based testing for those who come from a wide variety of industries. Whether you are in IT, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Military, etc., performance (based) testing has common elements…and a lot of them! We’ve summarized this information, and during this webinar we’ll provide a high-level overview of those common elements.

This webinar presented the why and how your organization can adopt a challenge-centric learning mindset. This methodology has been applied successfully across many technology stacks and scenarios – and it’s revolutionizing the way the training and certification industries are preparing and validating more competent and confident people.

This diagram (linked to the title above), taken from the Design Approaches whitepaper, shows the continuum from cognitive-based to performance-based testing approaches. It also identifies where these approaches are useful with respect to several learning and thinking taxonomies, including Bloom, Gagné, and Guilford, as well as Anderson and Krathwol's Revised Bloom's Taxonomy. 

This webinar presented a different approach to discussing Performance-Based Testing (PBT). In particular, this session covered a variety of topics in an open mic, open forum discussion style.

Excerpt: Ten Performance Testing Questions that the ASTM E2849 Standard Answers – Wallace Judd  

You may not know that a standard exists for performance testing, so here is an 8-minute sample of one of the PTC's recorded webinars that describes how the standard can help you get answers to many of your questions. 

Webinar: A Hybrid Approach to Performance Testing
Presented by Joe Cannata, Kinaxis

​Joe explains the journey from assessing the goals of a new certification program to the implementation of a hybrid approach involving performance testing.  One of the main goals of the certification program at Kinaxis was to raise the skill levels of employees, partners and customers.