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John Winkley of AlphaPlus discusses some forthcoming JISC funding opportunties in the area of assessment

John Winkley of AlphaPlus discusses some forthcoming JISC funding opportunties in the area of assessment

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    • E-Assessment SIG 22 May 2008 Glasgow 03/06/09 | Supporting education and research | Slide Joint Information Systems Committee Supporting education and research JISC Programme Developments John Winkley
    • New Projects & Activities for 2008
      • Formative Assessment Study about to commence
      • A new demonstrator call in early June 08
      • Two new studies tendering in early June 08
      • Ongoing programme work:
        • Evaluation of progress, baselines
        • Roadmap and development planning
    • Demonstrator Project Assessment Tools
      • “ composite applications using existing components from existing JISC Toolkits and elsewhere”
      • At least 2 toolkits/components
      • leverage existing assessment content resources
      • Broaden the uptake and usage of QTI2 and support the developer community.
    • Demonstrator Project Assessment Tools (2)
      • Let via a JISC Circular: “HE institutions funded via HEFCE and HEFCW, and by FE institutions in England that teach HE to more than 400 FTEs”
      • Up to 4 projects, each up to a maximum of £45k. Each with an available £15k additional funding for the toolkit provider(s) to support the project.
      • Work to be completed by end March 2009
      • “ risk-managed setting”
    • Demonstrator Project Assessment Tools (3)
      • Possible Applications include :
      • Workflow applications for item production and banking processes such as quality assurance, editorial, etc.
      • Orchestration of test creation and assembly applications
      • Loading/converting of existing item bank content to a QTI2 item bank
      • Wider assessment applications (eg online surveys)
      • Adapting components/groups of components to alternative requirements for example formative assessment delivery applications
      • Multi-standard player application (eg SCORM2004, QTI1.x, QTI2.x)
      • Integration of/connection of existing components into other information systems, eg learning environments, administration and student record systems
      • Integration with e-portfolio services
    • Design Principles for Studies
      • Benefits of e-assessment well documented
      • But take-up not as fast as expected. Why is this?
      • Need to broaden the pool of participants
      • Need to broaden the vision for e-assessment services
    • Study Project Advanced e-assessment techniques
      • Scoping study of the state-of-the-art in e-assessment techniques across the world and in all education sectors.
      • Designed to underpin roadmap and framework/information knowledgebase component specification developments.
      • All aspects of e-assessment including on-screen presentation and marking, but excluding e-portfolio. Summative or formative assessment. Assessment in professional and academic domains. UK and international applications.
      • 6 month project
      • Up to £40,000 including VAT and expenses
      • Let via an open tender : any organisation can bid.
    • Study Project Advanced e-assessment techniques (2)
      • Look at specific e-assessment technology and more general techniques and technologies. Examples might include:
      • Computer marking of free text responses (sentences, paragraphs, essays)
      • Response with and assessment of complex mathematical responses
      • Computer marking of other complex responses (eg source code, diagrams)
      • Integration of computer-marking with streamlined human marking, expert and judgement support systems
      • Peer and Group Assessment
      • Associated services such as detection of plagiarism and other cheating
      • Data mining, Fuzzy Logic and Pattern Matching
      • Multi User Virtual Environments (MUVEs) and virtual worlds
      • Serious gaming (to some extent would be covered by (e) above)
      • Web 2.0 technologies such as Flickr
    • Study Project Quality of e-assessment
      • Mixed methods study to look at qualitative and quantitative measures of fitness for purpose in the e-assessments used in the JISC community today.
      • Applying
      • 6 month project
      • Up to £40,000 including VAT and expenses
      • Let via an open tender : any organisation can bid.
    • Study Project Quality of e-assessment (2)
      • Consensus that e-assessment offers considerable potential to improve assessment quality, but e-assessment also presents some risks to quality, notably:
        • multiple choice objective tests may lead to impoverishment.
        • Multiple choice objective tests tend to emphasise memorisation and factual recall.
        • Multiple choice objective tests require particular attention to be paid to the authoring and item performance evaluation process.
      • Thoroughly explored in literature, this study aims to investigate the quality of actual items in use.
    • JISC Programme Developments QUESTIONS Myles Danson JISC Programme Manager [email_address] 07796 336319