Effective Practice with e-Assessment
– Effective Practice with e-Learning and Innovative Practice with e-Learning – the focusof this publication is on practice in a broader institutional
sense, including the potential impact of e-assessment on
learning and teaching.
Through a sequence of case studies, Effective Practice with
e-Assessment provides an overview of current e-assessment
activity in further and higher education in the UK. In doing so,
it does not cover in any depth the technical developments that
underpin e-assessment. Its aim is to illustrate how the work
of researchers, tools and technical standards developers
has combined with initiatives from individual colleges and
university departments to advance our understanding of
what is effective practice in relation to e-assessment.
Its audience is those who manage, deliver or support
educational practice in a technology-rich context –
departmental heads, educational developers and learning
technologists, e-learning managers, examinations officers
and administrators, as well as classroom practitioners
seeking to know more about how e-assessment can add
value to teaching and learning.
Effective Practice with e-Assessment draws on a range of JISC
projects and studies, notably the e-Assessment Glossary, First
edition (JISC/QCA, 2006), the Roadmap for e-Assessment Report
for JISC (Open University, 2006) and case studies researched
for JISC by The Open University and the University of Derby.
Links to further information about these resources can be
found in the final section of this publication.
How to use this publication
The case studies provide illustrations of practice to
accompany an ongoing discussion of the issues and benefits
relating to e-assessment. These may be read in sequence or
be approached individually through three broadly based
thematic groupings: institutional, academic and learnerfocused
The full sequence of case studies provides a benchmark
against which to assess the progress and barriers in any one
institution, offering an opportunity to explore how others have
tackled issues, the lessons they have learnt, and the models
of effective practice that have been developed. For those
who set strategic targets or are involved in research and
development projects, these examples can also help to
identify the challenges still to be met.
A tool for implementing effective practice with e-assessment
is included to assist institutions in reviewing their current
practice and procedures or preparing for wider use of
e-assessment. The tool can also be downloaded from the
JISC website [www.jisc.ac.uk/assessment.html] for further
development and adaption in individual contexts.
As the terminology used may not be familiar to all readers,
terms defined in the glossary section have been highlighted
on first occurrence.