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Overview of JISC activities in assessment.

Overview of JISC activities in assessment.

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  • 1. JISC’s work in assessment and feedback
    Sarah Davies, JISC
  • 2. Technology-enhanced assessment and feedback
    JISC has been working in support of technology-enhanced assessment for over a decade
    e-Assessment has been one of the activity areas within the e-Learning Programme
    Focus now explicitly broadened to ‘technology-enhanced assessment’ – the wide range of ways in which technology can be used to support assessment and feedback
  • 3. slide 3
    Focus areas
    Technologies and practice around on-screen testing
    Formative assessment practices
    Quality processes around e-assessment
    Curriculum design and delivery
    Re-engineering modules for assessment for learning
    Processes around effective use of feedback
    Reflective tools for curriculum design
    Learner experiences of e-learning and learning literacies in a digital Age
  • 4. Current context for assessment and feedback
    Greater emphasis on developing learners’ skills of self-assessment, reflection and management of learning
    High level of ownership of laptops and smart phones among learners
    But not all learners are competent users of technology for educational purposes
    Institutional assessment and feedback practices need to take account of the digitally enhanced landscape in which learning takes place
    National student forum annual report 2009 – “We would like to see all universities and colleges...leverage technology to provide innovative methods of assessment and feedback”
  • 5. Take-up of technology to support assessment and feedback
    UCISA Technology-Enhanced Learning Survey results (2010) show that 80% of the 89 HEIs that responded had a centrally-supported e-assessment system in use by students:
    VLE-based (Blackboard, Moodle, WebCT) (67%)
    Questionmark perception (32%); in-house (6%)
    Most institutions (60%) reported that 1-24% of their courses used summative e-assessment, with only 15% saying that 25-75% of courses use it (big increase from 2008)
    Greater use of formative e-assessment: 18% of institutions reported that 24-49% of their courses used it, and 17% said the proportion was higher than 50% (big increase from 2008).
    Greater still use of assignment submission tools: 25% of institutions reported that 24-49% of their courses used it, and 38% said the proportion was higher than 50% (no change).
  • 6. Take-up of technology to support assessment and feedback
    JISC Review of Advanced e-Assessment Techniques (2009) indicated that adoption of the more specialised technologies to support assessment is not widespread, despite potential benefits.
    Research for Effective Assessment in a Digital Age suggests that implementation of some form of technology is now found in a wide spectrum of assessment and feedback activity
    Specialised tools for delivery and management of assessment and feedback
    Range of more generic technologies used to support assessment and feedback in a number of ways
    Practitioners willing to innovate; aligning technology-enhanced learning and teaching with technology-enabled assessment and feedback
    But technology still not widely embedded in assessment practice; wider dissemination of the most effective concepts and tools is still needed
  • 7. slide 7
    Benefits of technology in assessment and feedback
    Technology can bring to assessment and feedback:
    Greater potential for dialogue (tutor-student; student-student), communication (of information about an assessment; clarification of goals and standards; sharing of new approaches). Constraints of distance, time and numbers can be overcome
    Immediacy and contingency (interactive tests; voting devices; mobile devices; connectivity on the move)
    Authenticity through filmed, simulated or virtual world scenarios
    Speed and ease of data processing
    Opportunities to break new ground by capturing for assessment aspects of learning previously impossible to measure; enabling students to fail productively and safely etc
    Enabling students to participate more actively in assessing themselves
  • 8. slide 8
    Publication: Effective Assessment in a digital age
    • Explores principles underpinning effective learning, assessment and feedback
    • 9. Includes ten new case studies featuring different challenges associated with assessment and feedback
    • 10. Illustrates embedded use of a wide range of technologies – from Web 2.0 to e-assessment tools and technologies
    • 11. Captures practitioner voices - where people currently are;
    • 12. Accompanying online resources: video clips, full-length case studies and podcasts
  • Current projects
    Peer evaluation in education review (PEER): technology-supported peer review (June 2010-June 2011)
    Digitally enhanced patchwork text assessment: trialling and evaluating us of PTAs in range of disciplines and with different technologies
    Building capacity in assessment and feedback: supporting staff in the use of technology for assessing and giving feedback (Feb 2010-Feb 2011)
  • 13. Future work
    All future work is currently up in the air: we have no funding agreed for future programmes
    But, if we do get the funding, we’re hoping to run a 2-year programme on assessment and feedback
    Envisaged timeline is that the call for proposals will be released around April for a September project start
    Likely to be strand of institutional change projects in technology-enhanced assessment and feedback
    Also strand of smaller evidence and evaluation projects
    Currently looking at how to incorporate and build on existing tool developments
  • 14. Further information
    Sarah Davies, e-Learning Programme Manager,
    JISC e-Learning Programme:
    Effective Assessment in a Digital Age and full-length case studies:
    Accompanying online resources (video clips and podcasts):
    Other JISC work on assessment:
    Workshops (spaces available in Newcastle on 24 March):