A number of technical and policy issues are of concern within the University around e-assessment, including:
an increasing need for interoperability;
migration from legacy systems;
quality assurance through item and test statistics;
AER (additional educational requirements) and accessibility issues;
provision of mathematical notation in science and engineering questions; and, most importantly,
student and staff engagement with the relevant technologies (such as Web 2.0 and mobile devices) and services.
The University has received funding to accelerate the process of both implementing an open source, service based solution to institutional e-assessment and addressing institutional change by engaging academics and students in co-design and co-deployment. In line with the recently introduced University e-Learning Enhancement Strategy, which places the quality of student learning as its first objective, the EASiHE project intends to provide an open source solution for formative assessment by integrating services currently available within the JISC eFramework.
The project will:
take the JISC-funded âEdSpaceâ repository and elements of the âFaroesâ project to provide âWeb 2.0â content and services to users;
incorporate the IMS Question and Test interoperability standard by integrating the âAsDelâ assessment delivery engine, integrating the âMathQTIâ standard, and providing QTI migration services sourced from the âMCQFMâ project;
ensure the system is informed by the âLexDisâ project for accessibility;
include relevant lessons from the âmPLATâ and âRemoraâ projects in providing for mobile learning and assessment; and
incorporate a relatively underutilised and ânewâ form of assessment, peer assessment, based upon the âPeer Pigeonâ project.
The main deliverables include:
the provision of an open source e-assessment repository;
services for the contribution and migration of assessment questions, tests, and peer assessments;
services for the delivery of tests and peer assessments;
documentation supporting the pedagogical design of e-assessments at higher levels of Bloomâs taxonomy; and
dissemination material for the wider sector dealing with institutional change using the processes of co-design and co-deployment.
As partners in the JISC Institutional Innovation Support Project, EASiHE will be actively involved in producing briefing materials and training activities for exemplary practice.