How might educational assessment be democratized and made more meaningful and engaging for students? Too often, assessment is separated from the pleasures of learning, like a painful test after the game, or worse, a boring class. We propose a symposium to introduce a design experiment with iPad graphics and user narratives called ECDemocratized and initiate discussion around democratization of educational assessment. ECDemocratized is designed to blend the principled assessment design framework, Evidence-Centered Design, with a power shift to give students new agency over their assessment. While ECDemocratized is not a game, it will draw on lessons from games about mediating feedback and gathering data as part of player engagement. Can we democratize current educational assessment practices by introducing a digital media tool that incorporates new learning and assessment theories? Let’s find out.

A Democratization of Educational Assessment
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