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Building the e-Assessment Centre



Presentation delivered by Gavin Lang, Edinburgh's Telford College, at the eAssessment Scotland 2011 conference.

Presentation delivered by Gavin Lang, Edinburgh's Telford College, at the eAssessment Scotland 2011 conference.



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    • Edinburgh’s Telford CollegeBuilding the e-Assessment Centre
      e-Assessment Scotland
      Friday 26thAugust2011
    • So How Did It All Start?
      Learning and Teaching @ETC Project – September 08
      Request for Change Submitted to SMT – January 09
      Visits to Aberdeen College
    • Building the Centre
      Built Summer 2009 – Launched November 2009
      Set up to BSI Standards and External Awarding Body Specifications
      SQA Guide to Effective Practice
    • Advantages
      e-Assessment is becoming widely used in Further Education and has many advantages over traditional (paper-based) assessment which includes:
      lower long-term costs
      provides instant feedback to students and tutors
      greater flexibility with respect to location and timing
      greater storage efficiency - tens of thousands of answer scripts can be stored on a server compared to the physical space required for paper scripts
      enhanced question styles which incorporate interactivity and multimedia.
    • So How Did We Set Up The Centre?
      Storage Areas and Numbering System Set Up
      Golden Rules
      PC Layout Posters
      Forms Created
      Booking Form & Procedure
      Room Checklist
      Tutor/Student Evaluations
      Issues Sheet
    • External Awarding Bodies
      SQA (SOLAR – BTL Platform)
      C&G (GOLA)
      AAT (BTL Platform)
      Pearson Vue Platforms
    • Packages Used
      SOLAR – SQA
      GOLA – C&G
      Test VQ
      Pearson Vue
    • Types of Assessment Taken
      Formative – 144Sessions
      Summative – 200Sessions
      Diagnostic – 315Sessions
      Gaming – 2 Sessions
    • Security Settings
      Browse Control – Locks down PC’s & Monitor, Blocks Applications and Web Sites
      SQA SOLAR Secure Browser
      AAT Secure Browser
      Questionmark Secure
    • Promotional Activities
      Drop Ins
      Flyers – Questionmark
      Direct Marketing
      Managers Paper/Questionnaire
      SOLAR Updates
    • Usage Statistics
      7,108Students through centre since opening
      79% Uptime (May & June 2011)
    • Quality Issues
      Summative Process
      Approval of e-Assessments - SQA
      SQA e-Assessment Group
    • HMIe – Curriculum for Excellence
      Enthusiasm and motivation for learning
      Use technology for learning
      Learning experiences that are imaginative, creative, stimulating and challenging
      Wide range of learning approaches
      Independent learning
      Hands-on learning
      Active Involved Learner
    • Quotes
      “This is an excellent aid to improving efficiency with regard to the teaching and learning process in the college as not only can the time saved in marking be diverted into planning and upgrading teaching materials but the students and lecturers have instant feedback with the addition of very informative reports”.
      Paul McMahon – Curriculum Manager
    • Quotes
      “The majority of the group clearly enjoyed undertaking their assessments using the material as it provided instant feedback. The e-Assessment material has been fully validated by SQA for use and at present can be used to undertake the multiple choice assessments. Now that we have a dedicated assessment centre it will be easier to arrange time/dates to allow students to undertake the assessments”.
      Jamie Culpan – Joinery Lecturer
    • Student Feedback
      Student Feedback (NC Childcare Group B, 12/3/10)
      Overall the students were very enthusiastic about the assessment and whole process
      Found that the questions were worded better than the paper assessments – easier to understand
      A much fairer process for people with dyslexia
      Makes assessment equal for everyone as does not depend on your written skills but knowledge of the subject
      Overall found it much better than paper assessments as you are focussed on the knowledge of the subject rather than how to write your answers
      You need to know more of the unit for this type of assessment as no idea of questions that will come up (therefore for staff it removes any teaching to the test!)
      Students overall got very good results and completed the assessment in less than the allocated time
       E-Learning Centre:
      Staff were very helpful
      Well organised
      Technology all worked – no problems
      Very easy system to use, they feel even if you had poor IT skills you could do this
      Process was well explained by staff in e-assessment centre and they were there to help with any problems
      System tells you the time used etc
    • Any Questions?