The International Baccalaureate, taken by thousands of British pupils, will move to digital exams to “future-proof” the qualification for the next generation.
The IB Diploma, which is taught in 203 British schools in place of A-levels and gives students a wider curriculum, will look towards developing online exams and possibly “virtual reality” assessments.
At the IB’s global conference in the Hague last week, Olli-Pekka Heinonen, the director-general of the IB, said moving assessments online was one of his top priorities. He said it presented opportunities to assess students in new ways better suited to the workplace and the modern world.
The International Baccalaureate has confirmed it is moving to digital exams as part of efforts to “future-proof” the qualification. The IB Diploma, which is taught 203 at British schools in place of A-levels, plans to develop online exams and possibly “virtual reality” assessments.
Olli-Pekka Heinonen, its director-general, said moving assessments online was one of his priorities, claiming it presented opportunities to assess students in ways better suited to the workplace and the modern world. Heinonen said he expected schools to be given a choice of digital or paper based exams at first. He said: “The paper assessments will be there for the interim period, but I also see that there is a time when we will move to a digital environment.” Heinonen added: “You can bring so much more to the assessment in a digital environment.
We’re talking of different types of materials that can be available there, but we’re talking about also, for example, virtual reality assessment.”TIOB News