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E-assessment and e-feedback

Introduction to e assessment

When considering e-assessment and e-feedback the same curriculum design principals should be used in the same way you would if designing traditional assessment & feedback activities. If you already have some traditional assessments which you would like to consider developing as e-assessments it is important to think about the purpose of moving to e-assessment (some benefits are identified below) and at the same time consider what changes might need to be made in order to take into account the digital nature of the assessment & the feedback process. You may also hear it termed e-submission or online assessment, submission or feedback. 

What is it?
e-Assessment is the use of digital tools and services to allow students to submit their formative or summative assessments on or off campus for the purpose of marking, moderation and feedback. A variety of technologies are available which are able to accommodate a variety of assessment types.

You can find out more about these tools and feedback methods here: https://teachlearn.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/-/media/files/learning-systems/online-feedback.pdf

Why use it?

Some advantages of e-assessment can include:

● immediate feedback, tailored to help students improve their knowledge and performance
● access for students in different geographical locations and at different times
● sophisticated reporting, allowing staff to refine the exercise or identify areas in which more instruction is needed
● ability to allow students to undertake online tests many times to assess and re-assess their knowledge
● Efficiency for staff in providing some elements of feedback through well designed rubrics and automatic feedback statements
● Students are able to access feedback remotely and in a consistent manner

Digital Tools & Systems?
A number of tools and systems are provided by the University that are well suited to e-assessment and e-feedback activities.
MyBeckett Assignment (for the submission of documents for grading and feedback)
● MyBeckett Quiz tool (automated feedback can be included as part of quiz design)
● MyBeckett Discussion tool.
● Turnitin (for the submission of documents for grading & feedback, particularly where there is a requirement to check for academic integrity)
● PebblePad – e-portfolio system which allows students to upload a range of files and formats for feedback from the tutor (particularly useful for students on placement)
● Google Docs – collaborative online document, spreadsheet and presentation tools which students can share with tutors for the purpose of providing feedback (particularly useful for collaborative writing where you might wish to see the contribution of individual students).
● Office 365 – collaborative document, spreadsheet and presentation writing tools with the familiarity of the Microsoft Office environment.

Research and case studies on e-assessment and         e- feedback

This news article helps you to make sense of e-assessment  - https://www.jisc.ac.uk/news/new-jisc-and-qca-publication-makes-sense-of-e-assessment-12-jan-2006

A news article from Jisc helping you to find your way around e-assessment - https://www.jisc.ac.uk/podcasts/find-your-way-around-e-assessment-21-feb-2008

This is a guide from Jisc that outlines e-assessment and making assessments more accessible - https://www.jisc.ac.uk/guides/making-assessments-accessible

This is a journal article that looks at the past, present and future of e-assessment - https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/sites/default/files/ndir.9.1j_1.pdf

This series of reports looks at both audio and video feedback.  http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/english/teachinglearning/enhancing-feedback-report.aspx 

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