Recent developments in data protection regulations, and especially GDPR, have made Clarity think harder about how we deal with student data. In this interview, Dr Adrian Raper, Clarity’s Technical Director, who is also in overall charge of data protection, discusses where he draws the line between two opposing imperatives.
We care about protecting your privacy. Over the last 25 years, we have been scrupulous in keeping and updating our clients’ information in our database. In light of the GDPR, we would like to reassure you that Clarity and its staff are determined to protect the personal data that you have shared with us.
Surely the more questions you answer in a placement test, the more points you get and the higher your score? If you can’t finish, you can’t do yourself justice. And that must invalidate the result.
Should independent learning be directed, free, or somewhere in between? How much do you need to advise, and how much feedback should you expect? This is partly a question of maximising learning potential for students, and partly a matter of control for teachers — but wherever you stand on the spectrum, there is some information which you really do need to access. At an absolute minimum, you need to know whether the online resources you are paying are actually being used.
How do you get your students started on their IELTS journey? This post outlines a successful 45-minute orientation session.
How important is it for students to be able to access learning materials on their smartphones? This post looks at some fascinating trends.
When Clarity and telc first conceptualised the Dynamic Placement Test, a key objective was to devise a democratic test — a computer-based level test available to schools whatever their digital setup. At the same time, we didn’t want to compromise on the technology: it needed to be a test that went well beyond multiple choice questions and gap fills. So within these constraints, the team prioritised three areas.
What is Clarity's policy for supporting and replacing Flash-based programs?
Micro-learning is a new learning strategy aimed at closing knowledge gaps with bite-sized lessons. The new version of the IELTS Tips app, launched last week, applies this theory to IELTS preparation. Test-takers install the app and it pushes out a handy IELTS prep tip every morning for them to read on their way to school or work.
Can a test run on a student’s device ever be secure? What’s to stop a test taker looking up the answers on the Internet? What, in fact, does ‘secure’ mean in the context of a placement test?