Collaboration has taken on more complexity and intensity in recent years thanks to advances in technology and globalization. Instead of having face-to-face, short-sleeved teams surrounding a worktable talking through plan, the collaborators may come together virtually from several different countries and need to deal with a variety of languages, cultures, and time zones. They may have never met face-to-face, might be employed by different organizations, and may drop in and out of projects, depending upon the demands for their skills. It’s more likely nowadays that they will deal with complexity, in terms of data available, skills required, conflicting needs of stakeholders, and the regulations.
Global and Local Challenges for Best Practices in Assessment ha sido el leitmotiv del noveno congreso de la Comisión Internacional de Test (ITC), celebrado en San Sebastián a comienzos de julio de este año. Allí tuve la oportunidad de compartir con diferentes profesionales y académicos los desarrollos e innovaciones más recientes que se están realizando en este campo a nivel internacional. Tras el descanso estival, me gustaría compartir algunas de las reflexiones sobre la agenda de trabajo del campo del Testing, su evolución actual y futuro inmediato.
Can technology help us to work more effectively together? Certainly, it has had a major impact in enabling the exchange of messages, images, and data (through basic communications). And recent years have seen the problems of virtual teaming reduced by improving sequencing (e.g., through shared calendars) and providing richer environments (e.g., moving from email and phone conversations to shared virtual worlds and videoconferencing).
Last time, I talked about advanced telepresence, instances where the brain and the hand (communications and physical capability) go to work on a problem or opportunity that is distant. I mentioned examples from medicine, science, sports coaching, and the arts. But the possibilities for this kind of telepresence are limited by technology and what we, as humans can handle well.