Liberty Munson, Ph.D. "How Technology is Shaping the Future of Assessment: Rethinking Outside the Box"
Advances in technology are an opportunity for us to challenge the status quo of assessment, allowing us to innovate in ways that weren’t imaginable even five years ago. How can assessment professionals leverage the power of these advances to more effectively identify the skills and competencies needed to be successful on the job? How can they change the way we design, develop, deliver, and sustain our assessments? Can we leverage ML to reimagine the JTA process? Can we teach machines to write items? Can we leverage bots to perform low level tasks so that we have the time to play a more strategic and influential role in the organizations that are using our assessment processes? Can advances in technology allow us to assess people while they are performing the work (providing a higher fidelity assessment) rather than through the more traditional assessment process (which is often lower fidelity)?
Throughout the history of skills assessment, we have relied on structured multiple choice questions on tests because they are easy to score and scale, but now technology is is the time to rethink how we approach.
Liberty Munson, Ph.D. is the Lead Psychometrician for Microsoft’s Worldwide Learning organization. She is responsible for ensuring the validity and reliability of Microsoft technical certification program. She is considered a thought leader in the certification industry, especially in areas related to how technology can fundamentally change our approach to assessment design, development, delivery, and sustainment, and has proposed many innovative ideas related to the future of certification.
Prior to Microsoft, she worked at Boeing in their Employee Selection Group, assisted with the development of their internal certification exams, and acted as a co-project manager of Boeing’s Employee Survey. She received my BS in Psychology from Iowa State University and MA and PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology with minors in Quantitative Psychology and Human Resource Management from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Dr. Christina Norris-Watts: "Demystifying Gamified Assessment: Real-World Strategies and Lessons Learned"
Dr. Christina Norris-Watts is the Head of Selection Assessment and Competencies at Johnson & Johnson. In this role she’s responsible for defining and leading the enterprise-wide selection assessment strategy as well as overseeing the strategy and guidance for J&J’s enterprise-wide leadership and functional competency models. Christina has over fifteen years of experience in talent assessment and talent management. She previously worked at Two Sigma Investments where she was Vice President, Talent Architect. In this role, she led the design and implementation of their performance management process and was also accountable for job analysis and architecture as well as various OD initiatives. Prior to Two Sigma, Christina was Senior Manager, Selection Specialist for Macquarie Group with responsibility for selection assessments, competency modeling, and organizational analytics. She began her career as a consultant with APT Metrics focusing on litigation support, job analysis, competency modeling, and test validation.