The Star: Evaluating staff and students, the 21st century way

KUALA LUMPUR: Digital assessment technology is now more necessary than ever, said Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau.

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He said more traditionally manual operations should be digitised as Malaysia moves further into the digital economy.

These new digital technologies can help organisations measure and evaluate students and staff more effectively.

“When enforcement agencies catch their highly trusted personnel getting involved in unlawful behaviour, or when smart SPM candidates score straight As in 12 subjects yet cannot decide on their future career, this is where digital assessment tools can offer a solution,” he said.

“21st century problems call for 21st century solutions,” he said when launching the Digital Assessment Technology for Industry 4.0 event at Mimos Technology Solutions here on Tuesday.

Present at the event were ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Azhar Yahaya, Standards Malaysia Department director-general Datuk Fadilah Baharin and Star Media Group managing director and chief executive officer (CEO) Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai.

The event saw the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Mimos Bhd and Star Media Group’s job-hunting platform, myStarjob.com, for cooperation in the field of psychometrics, the science of measuring or evaluating skills and abilities.

Mimos, the national research and development (R&D) centre for ICT, has been involved in psychometrics R&D since 2009.

Its psychometrics technology has been adopted by some 20 organisations so far, including six ministries, said Mimos president and CEO Datuk Abdul Wahab Abdullah.

He said the proper evaluation of 21st century skills would rely on the use of digital assessment techniques, which Mimos is currently researching and developing.

“No doubt psychometrics techniques used in the past century measured skills but this was done imprecisely,” he said.

He said 21st century skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, teamwork, and cultural adaptability are crucial to the nation’s progress but were not measured by traditional academic qualifications.

The Digital Assessment Technology for Industry 4.0 event, which was held in conjunction with the Malaysia Psychometrics Symposium 2017, also saw two international standards being adopted as Malaysian Standards (MS ISO).

The two new standards will provide vital guidelines for government and private sectors that wish to use assessment methods for the purposes of recruitment, promotion, and staff placement.

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The standards were developed by Standards Malaysia Department, the National Standards Body, and the National Accreditation Body regulatory body under the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry.

 

Source: http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/04/11/evaluating-staff-and-students-the-21st-century-way/#FfxKetTuDdDu4SuQ.99

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