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eAssessment roadmap

Denise Whitelock

eAssessment roadmap

A Roadmap for e-Assessment

A JISC funded project within the JISC e-Learning Programme (2005 - 2006).
Denise Whitelock  and Andrew Brasher  (The Open University).

This project set out to review the policies and initiatives relating to current e-assessment practice in the UK. It also drew upon the findings of the e-Assessment Case Studies project, another JISC funded project undertaken by The Open University and the University of Derby, to understand what e-assessment meant to both users and producers and how these notions impinged upon pedagogical practice and plans for future developments.

The roadmap project final report is available from the e-assessment page on the JISC website.   A visualisation of the issues raised in this report is on this page.

The major findings include:

  • A more personalised learning agenda is being advocated in all the e-learning policy documents produced within the United Kingdom and e-assessment is one route to achieve this vision
  • Only QCA have put a timeframe on their plans for e-assessment and this is 2009
  • Principal facilitators for effective implementation of e-assessment include
    • Senior management support
    • Strong staff development
    • Pedagogical and technical support for tutors from central services
  • Drivers for adoption of e-assessment
    • Perceived increase in student retention
    • Enhanced quality of feedback
    • Flexibility for distance learning
    • Assisting with large student numbers
    • Objectivity in marking
    • More effective use of VLE
    • Principal barrier to institution-wide e-assessment remains academic staff time and training
  • Vision for 2014
    • Pedagogically driven model
    • Good feedback that will promote self reflection
    • Improve question type that match learning objectives
    • more sophisticated free text entry for student answers
    • stronger moves towards andragogy
    • change in tutor’s role
  • Challenges for 2014
    • More research and development
    • Better plagiarism detection and invigilation
    • Accessible and secure systems
    • Large quantities of high quality test items need to be produced
For further information see 'e-Assessment roadmap' project website

Workspace created on 31 January 2005
Last updated on 23 October 2012