September 15, 2021
Driving Change
Welcome (back) to the Buzz! In this edition, we highlight how NVIDIA used crowdsourcing and other strategies to develop their initial certification exam during the pandemic lockdown. We also hear from Alpine’s own Blair Harris, VP of Technology Solutions, why CertMetrics 2.0 is such an exciting step forward in the evolution of candidate and credentialing management. These are just two examples of how programs – and the assessment industry in general – continue to solve problems and adapt to new expectations while maintaining focus on sound assessment practices and solid validity evidence.

I sincerely look forward to seeing how, as an industry, we continue to move forward creating solutions that provide validity evidence to support our assertions and:

  • better mitigate security risks and other threats to validity;
  • better fit the ever-accelerating pace of change and value propositions desired by stakeholder groups, including the engagement expectations of Millennials and Gen-Z; and,
  • better position and apply assessment as a valuable ally in one’s journey as a life-long learner.

Best regards,

Brian Adams
President & CEO of Alpine Testing Solutions, Inc.

NVIDIA's Distributed Exam Development During Lockdown Includes Crowdsourcing Element

See how NVIDIA employed innovative and psychometrically sound ways to complete exam development for their certification pilot exam in spite of
COVID-19 lockdowns and limited SME resources.

“We were considering putting the exam development on hold on until we could get more SMEs. The Alpine project team jumped in and began brainstorming creative ways to get us over our resource hurdles."

"Alpine recommended that we consider crowdsourcing by reaching out to external folks in the IT target audience who had taken our courses. We asked them to participate and got a great response."
Marco Alves, Technical Certification Lead

Blair Harris, VP of Technology Solutions provides the latest on CertMetrics 2.0 in this interview!

"We are committed to working in partnership with our clients to provide a platform that programs can rely on into the future."

Blair Harris, VP of Technology Solutions
Alpine Testing Solutions
October 27, 2021
1:00 - 2:00 pm ET

Subject matter expert involvement is critical to maintain strong validity arguments, but what can you do if your SME availability is limited? In this webinar, we will explore how NVIDIA and Alpine overcame the challenges of scarce SME resources and an accelerated timeline to market by employing asynchronous and crowdsourced exam development activities. Click here to register.

American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) Conference
September 28 - 29, 2021

If you are attending the conference, please join Brett Foley, Director of Professional Credentialing & Sr. Psychometrician and Corina Owens, Director of IT Credentialing & Sr. Psychometrician on September 28th at 2:45 pm CT. They will present a virtual poster session on the Psychometric Challenges of Dual-Mode Test Delivery due to pandemic-related closures of traditional testing centers.

Conference on Test Security (COTS)
October 6 - 7, 2021

If you are attending the conference, please join Russell Smith, Vice President of Assessment Services and Sr. Psychometrician on October 6th at 11:00 ET, where he will present A Practical Approximation of Response Similarity.

American Board of Nursing Specialties (ABNS) Conference
October 7 - 9, 2021

If you are attending the conference, please join Brett Foley, Director of Professional Credentialing & Sr. Psychometrician and Corina Owens, Director of IT Credentialing & Sr. Psychometrician, on October 9th at 10:30 am CT. They will present, Addressing the Psychometric Challenges of Dual-Mode Test Delivery, due to pandemic-related closures of traditional testing centers.

November 15 - 18, 2021

We look forward to seeing you at this year's ICE Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. Please join us for the following sessions:

Integrating Decision-Makers into the Standard Setting Process; A How-to for Licensure and Certification (Pre-conference workshop)
Monday, November 15th
1:00 - 4:00 pm CT
  • Brett Foley, Alpine
  • Corina Owens, Alpine

Remote Proctoring and Security: What Have We Learned?
Tuesday, November 16th
10:15 - 11:15 am CT
  • Carl Bowman, CompTIA
  • Corina Owens, Alpine

What the Layperson Needs to Know about Developing Credentialing Assessments
Wednesday, November 17th
10:00 - 11:00 am CT
  • Nancy Ahluwalia, Retired Test Developer
  • Matthew Stanley, NCCAOM
  • Brett P. Foley, Alpine
  • Michele M. Warholic, Facilitator

Not the Same Ol' Job Task Analysis - Innovating for an Analysis of Practice
Wednesday, November 17th
2:00 - 3:00 pm CT
  • Andrew McIntyre, NCARB
  • Jared Zurn, NCARB
  • Susan Cooley, Alpine
  • Amanda Wolkowitz, Alpine

Creating a Level Playing Field in Testing and Credentialing
Thursday, November 18th
8:30 - 9:30 am CT
  • Karen Hoeve, ABP
  • Jared Zurn, NCARB
  • J. B. Weir, NCCPA
  • Brett P. Foley, Alpine


ATP Webinar: Increased Automation in Our Industry:
How to Not Get it Wrong

In July 2021, Alpine facilitated as part of ATP's New World of Testing webinar series on the use of increased automation in our industry.

CLEAR Webinar: Increasing the Accuracy of Licensure Decisions: On the benefits of more, shorter exams
In July 2021, Brett Foley, Alpine's Director of Professional Credentialing & Sr. Psychometrician, presented a webinar on increasing the accuracy of licensure decisions. Click here for the recording.