Advanced e-assessment techniques
WCAL has published examples of advanced
e-assessment techniques. This research was funded jointly with JISC.
The aim of the 'Review of Advanced e-Assessment Techniques'
project was to provide a review of state-of-the-art
techniques in e-assessment which should be considered
for application in assessment. The study was designed
to build a significant body of information about who
is using different techniques, the associated issues
and the benefits of advanced e-assessments.
The objectives of the study were:
- To develop a picture of the breadth
of advanced e-assessment techniques in use predominantly
in higher education around the world, and undertake
a technical and educational evaluation of a selection
of the most promising
- To present short case studies describing
the technical, educational and operational details
of a selection of the most significant examples
- To look at wider generic technologies
and investigate how and when these might be applied
- To draw conclusions about how the
most relevant of these could be applied
The following reports have been published:
asTTle - Assessment
Tools for Teaching and Learning
This provides a review of asTTle, assessment
software used by schools in New Zealand which
provides teachers with the flexibility to select
items into a test which closely matches the needs
of the classroom.
Primum is software which assesses the
abilities of medical students to provide an accurate
diagnosis in real-to-life conditions, and is a
rare example of assessment of higher order thinking
Human Computer Collaborative
This report provides an overview of a
marking system designed to use both expert human
markers (for complex items) and automated computer
marking (for more objective item types).
Automatic scoring of
foreign language textual and spoken response
This report reviews automated scoring
of foreign language text at the University of
Kent and spoken response assessments provided
by Pearson Versant.
Short Answer Marking
This report reviews the state-of-the-art in marking
short, textual responses.
Report on Advanced
This provides a summary of the Review
of Advanced e-Assessment Techniques project.
Definitions of Techniques
This provides a list and associated definitions
of a range of advanced e-assessment techniques.