The IB: Education students can rely on in a rapidly changing world

balanced curriculum framework supported the development of real world connections, the IB saw an opportunity to enhance this further through assessment. By connecting the way students are assessed in school with how they will inevitably work in the fourth industrial revolution and beyond, the IB is able to equip students with transferable, future-ready skills. As such, the idea of the eAssessment was born - utilising technology to offer assessment in a digital medium that modern-day students are native to; improving measurement of the depth and breadth of understanding that is expected in the MYP. Of course, continuously reviewing and

improving an educational offering that is available across the world is no small feat – it must first be developed democratically across a global network, and then implemented seamlessly. Once the idea for the eAssessment had been established, the IB implemented regular eAssessment Development Reports, conducted presentations at regional events and IB conferences, and undertook two early proofs of concept trials and a live pilot to address any concerns. Through this approach, the IB was able to build a refined tool that had been rigorously reviewed and approved by the IB’s network of teachers, parents and students. Following years of development, the IB first


he International Baccalaureate (IB) recently celebrated its 50th anniversary, marking five

decades of pioneering innovation in international education. What has allowed the IB, and the four programmes that it offers, to stand the test of time, while also staying relevant to the modern- day student and educator, is its continuous process of self-review, adaptation and innovation. Through this approach, the IB ensures that it continues to equip students with the rich, adaptable skills that they require to thrive in an ever-changing world; giving them a lifelong advantage.

One of the most notable examples of this

approach is the IB’s development of the eAssessment for its Middle Years Programme (MYP). The MYP, which is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary, is for 11 – 16 year olds; as such, it is designed for the way teenagers learn, and encourages them to make practical connections between their studies and the ever-evolving world. Until recently, its assessment model relied on a traditional examination and moderation method, but in 2010, the IB began a review of the MYP, examining both the curriculum framework and the assessment model. While the

piloted a full launch of the eAssessment in 2016. The final product, while recognised as innovative in the education sector, has been designed to be as natural as possible to those that will use it through drawing on familiar social media and web-based sites, thus creating an exciting and intuitive digital interface with rich multimedia and tools. The flow of the journey through the examination is reminiscent of how students, and indeed adults, might scroll through a website - on opening the examination, each question is introduced on an overview screen. The overview screen acts as the navigation tool and vertical


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