(From the Introduction) 

Thank you for participating in the Educational Technology and Computational Psychometrics Symposium!

ACTNext, the Research, Development and Business Innovation Center at ACT, is pleased to continue to support this successful symposium. Until now, this gathering has primarily been for an internal ACT audience.  However, this year we are excited to open this opportunity to the public, with the promise of providing a forum that will promote the free exchange of ideas with some of the best minds in our industry on a grander scale than ever before.

Iowa City has come of age as an innovation hub, a truly unique place where academia and industry are working together to not only solve our current challenges, but to anticipate and shape the way we will meet them in the future.

The goal of this symposium is to build on current momentum and heighten awareness concerning the dynamic changes sweeping the educational landscape and to provide an environment for fostering discussion about the implications of these changes.

In particular, the symposium focuses on the role of technology in educational practices and the role of computational psychometrics in educational measurement, and the ways in which they are intertwined.

Over the next two days, you will hear from speakers passionate about education, research, computational psychometrics, and technology, and I encourage you all to engage with them throughout the event.

I anticipate the interactions amongst our participants and speakers and the ensuing dialogues will provide a powerful spark for fresh ideas and new opportunities for innovation, and I am so pleased to be able to host this most exciting enterprise.

Again, thank you for attending our symposium. I am certain you will find it to be an informative and valuable experience.

Sincerely,

Alina A. von Davier, PhD

Vice President, ACTNext