JISC is playing an important role in the sphere of e-assessment, helping educational institutions to reduce staff workload, to explore innovative ways to deliver feedback, and to make effective use of automated marking systems.

Assessment

Assessment is a key process in post-16 education: it helps learners understand how they are progressing and informs their planning and future learning, and provides the basis for accrediting learning and achievement. Technology can support nearly every aspect of assessment in one way or another, from the administration of individual tests and assignments to the management of assessment across a faculty or institution; from automatically marked on-screen tests to tools to support human marking and feedback. JISC has been working in technology-enhanced assessment for over a decade, promoting work on the technical and interoperability issues associated with on-screen testing, and the broader technical, pedagogical and institutional considerations for the effective use of a wide range of technologies to support assessment and feedback. See an overview of JISC’s assessment activities

Key assessment activities

9 Programmes
  • e-Learning programme The JISC e-learning programme enables the development and effective use of digital technologies to support learning and teaching in universities and colleges, so that staff benefit from e-learning...

  • Transforming curriculum delivery through technology It is important for institutions to develop more flexible and creative models of delivery to support the development of autonomous, lifelong learners who are skilled in reflecting on their learning...

  • Learning and teaching innovation grants JISC is supporting, via this programme, one year projects and activities that fit with the vision, outcomes and principles of the JISC e-Learning programme and support innovative approaches to...

  • Repositories and Preservation Programme The programme is a £14m investment in Higher Education repository and digital content infrastructure. It will fund initiatives to develop the Information Environment supporting digital repositories...

  • e-Learning Frameworks and Tools programme The e-Learning Framework is a service-oriented factoring of the core services required to support e-Learning applications, portals and other user agents.

49 Projects
  • Making assessment count This project will enhance curriculum delivery through the development of an innovative assessment feedback process. Simple e-based technologies (specifically blogs and online questionnaires) will be...

  • e-Assessment in Wales The aim of this project is to explore and develop the role that e-assessment can play in enhancing the student experience of HE students in an FE college.

  • Exam View - Integrating Key Student Systems with the VLE The aim of this ‘Technical Rapid Innovation’ project is to extend the functionality of the Moodle VLE by linking it with the Student Records system. In particular this project would focus on the...

  • Mathematics Question Bank The project will establish a national repository for mathematics e-assessment questions for UK higher education institutions drawing on the experience of different groups and systems currently...

  • Effecting sustainable change in assessment practice & experience This project is responding to institutional and national concerns regarding assessment and feedback. Working with two Schools in the institution, the project will develop assessment for learning...