Effective assessment has greater bearing on successful learning than almost any other factor.
Increasing student numbers are adding to marking workloads for staff and students express more dissatisfaction with assessment and feedback than with any other aspect of their learning experience, according to the National Student Survey (2015).
How technology can help
Technology can enable different, new and more immediate methods of assessment, helping to reduce staff workloads whilst improving the quality of assessment and feedback for students.
- Our guides draw on some of the ways technology can help to enhance your assessment and feedback practices throughout the student lifecycle:
- Transforming assessment and feedback with technology
- Enhancing student employability through technology-supported assessment and feedback
- Feedback and feed forward - supporting learner longitudinal development
- Electronic management of assessment (EMA) - using technology to support the assessment lifecycle
- How to approach large scale change in assessment and feedback practice
- Designing accessible and inclusive assessments
- Our report summarises the findings from our study of over 30 institutions who worked with us to transform their assessment and feedback practices through technology
- Our review of assessment and feedback revealed that many organisations take an inconsistent approach and are slow to share or implement new practices
- Effective assessment in a digital age outlines the principles of effective assessment and feedback and identifies the benefits technology can offer including improved learner engagement; choice in the timing and location of assessments; efficient submission, marking, moderation and data storage; and consistent, accurate results with opportunities to combine human and computer marking
- Listen to an episode of our radio show which explores how employers are driving change in assessment and feedback and the broad range of technologies students are using to improve transferable skills
- Our assessment and feedback planning tool may be useful when planning your move to technology-enhanced assessment
Watch our videos on transforming the assessment and feedback landscape.
You can also read the following case studies which cover a range of areas around assessment:
- Students as partners - University of Winchester and Bath Spa University
- Enhancing employability skills - University of Exeter
- Embedding EMA - Queen's University Belfast
- Using technology to promote feedback dialogue - University of Dundee
- Viewpoints as a catalyst for change - Harper Adams and Cardiff Metropolitan universities
We are working with partners (the Heads of e-Learning Forum (HeLF) and the Universities and Colleges Information Systems Association (UCISA) to support institutions with the electronic management of assessment (EMA).
One of the outputs of our EMA project will be a toolkit featuring resources and case studies of effective practice which is due for release in late 2015/early 2016.