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eAAwards 2021

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Professor Bob Harrison

Chair of the Judges

The e-Assessment Association is delighted to announce that Professor Bob Harrison, University of Wolverhampton, has agreed to become the Chair of the Judges in 2021.

Bob will be supporting the twenty-eight independent judges of the Awards, offering advice and counsel to all of the professionals judging this year. Overseeing the judging process across all of the seven externally judged categories.

Bob has always been generous in his support and promotion of the Association and the Awards, and continues to tell all his many followers and supporters about the inspiring stories that are sent in as entries each year. Bob has been a judge of the Awards since they were set up in late 2016, and delivered the keynote speech at our Gala Dinner in 2019. We are incredibly grateful for his continued and extensive support.

About the independent judges

The panel of judges for the 2021 International e-Assessment Awards are selected by the e-Assessment Association for their depth of experience and knowledge, as well as their contribution to, and passion for e-assessment.

Each category is allocated four judges, who are chosen on the basis of their expertise and experience. The chair of each panel is an elected member of the Board of the e-Assessment Association.

Each judge will have been nominated by fellow industry professionals. You can find their individual profiles via the menu above right.

About Professor Bob Harrison

Bob has had extensive experience in schools and colleges as a teacher, lecturer, seniour manager, Principal, Governor. He has worked with Head teachers and senior leaders in developing leadership skills for the National College of School Leadership, was the adviser to DfES on the FE Principals Qualification, was Digital/eLearning adviser for the DfES Standards Unit and was the lead on Digital Futures for the Building Schools for the Future Leadership programme, where he designed and delivered the programme at National level for several local authorities.

Bob is also Chair of Governors at Northern College, Givernor at Oldham College and Visiting Professor at the University of Wolverhampton University.

Bob was made an Honorary Life member of CGLI for services to Vocational Education following 12 years as Chief Examiner and followed this as Lead Moderator for BTEC National, Higher and First Awards.

He was Toshiba's Northern European Education Adviser for 16 years and is a writer, presenter and researcher on mobile learning, digital technologies and next generation learning. He is a BERA member and recently presented at BERA 2019 on "Digitisation and Academisation".

He is an active member of the Association for Learning Technology and was the ALT FE Ambassador as well as a member of the conference programme committee.

Bob was a member of the British Computer Society/Royal Academy of Engineering working group which redrafted the ICT National Curriculum to make it more "ambitious and challenging". He also chaired the computing expert group established by the DfE to support tecahers and teacher educators in the transition to the new computing curriculum.

He was Chair of the Teaching Schools New Technology Advisory Board, a HE/Industry/Schools/DfE/NCTL group which aimed to ensure that the next generation of teachers have the necessary skills to prepare children for their lives as workers and digital citizens in the 3rd Millenium.

Bob was a leading member of the Further Education Learning Technology Action Group and a member of the Ministerial Education Technology Action Group chaired by Professor Stephen Heppell. He was also a member of the DCMS Cybersecurity Skills and Education Advisory Board.

Bob regularly visits Palo Alto campus of Stanford University to research current developments and is particularly interested in the "education's digital future" at Stanford and is an assessor at the Graduate School of Education for the Masters programme Learning Design with Technology.

He was a Board member of the UfI Trust, a £60m charity supporting innovative developments in the use of technology for teaching, learning and assessment in further vocational and adult education. A Judge for the BETT Awards, TES FE Awards, Reimagine Education Awards, e-Assessment Awards and the EdTechUK Awards.

Bob was a member of the BIS FE and Skills Area based review advisory group helping to reshape the FE landscape towards a more digital future.

Bob was recently shortlisted for the TES FE "Lifetime Achievement Award" for services to Further, Vocational and Adult Education.

He hsa been a member of HMCTS sitting on Employment Tribunal since 2000 and retires this year.

Join his following on twitter @bobharrisonedu

A bit about the judging process

As soon as the entry deadline has passed, the applications are sent to the individual judges for each category. Each expert has a week to read and review each entry ahead of an online meeting with the rest of their panel.

At this first online meeting (this year they will take place towards the end of March), the panels of four then discuss each application in turn, looking specifically for evidence of the application addressing the criteria. The judges are asked to unanimously agree a shortlist, taking only the very best projects through to the next stage. Scheduling these initial set of shortlisting calls is quite a juggling act, but the next stage is even more challenging!

As soon as the details of the finalists start coming in, we start planning the next stage of judging. We invite all the finalists to present directly to the panel of judges in their category, in the form of an online interview. If you are invited to the interview stage, we will be in touch with you directly using the contact information you provide in the application form.

Judges may provide questions or guidance in advance to those shortlisted entrants if there are specific areas of the entry they wish to understand better. Otherwise, the entrant is invited to give a short online presentation followed by a Q&A session with all the judges. Any number of colleagues can join the online interview stage, and we do our very best to accomodate from whichever geographical timezone your colleagues will be dialling in!

Coordinating all the judges and all the finalists is where the juggling really begins, but every year we manage to schedule all the live interviews. One a panel has interviewed every finalist in their category, they meet online one final time to unanimously agree the winner.

Judges and organisers are bound by a clear agreement which prevents them from revealing the identity of winners until after the announcement of the award winners, which will take place this year over a series of mini- events in June 2021!