Mooc test agreement between FutureLearn and Pearson

Chris Parr, Times Higher Education, May 10, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

There was a time long ago when I said "learning, and the assessment of learning, will diverge." The move toward independent standards based testing may distress instructors, whop feel testing and learning must be joined at the hip. But it won't persist. Today we see the rise of the independent testing agencies I predicted in 1998 (who says you can't predict the future?). I've mentioned before how pervasive Pearson has become in the testing space, and this agreement reinforces it. I have no doubt the good people at the Open University are looking with some concern at the direction their vaunted FutureLearn project has taken.

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