The University of Southampton

Report on eAssessment Quality (REAQ)

Assessment, ELearning, Platforms and Tools, Learning Technologies

The project and the resulting report will focus on four areas: • the theoretical underpinning for quality assurance of e assessment; • current practice in Higher Education (HE) contexts both in the UK and overseas; • current practice in professional, commercial, and industrial contexts; and • recommendations for future practice in UK HE.

Theoretical underpinning will be provided by an overview of current psychometric and test theory as it applies to the quality assurance of conventional and e-assessments carried out in HE, FE, professional, and training contexts.

Current practice in HE will be characterised and analysed through a set of case studies across representative institutions and academic domains, guided by expert consultants from Southampton University, the University of Plymouth, and the Institute of Education.

Current practice in professional accreditation, commerce, and industry and its relation to HE and FE will be described, guided by consultancy from Questionmark, the leading vendor to UK HE, and Question Tools, a significant commercial vendor to organisations including the British Computer Society and Network Rail.

Finally, the report will detail recommendations for UK HE (and FE) arising from psychometric theory, the case studies, and commercial and professional practice.

Primary investigators

Secondary investigators

  • Dr Bill Warburton, iSolutions
  • Veronica Gale, independent consultant
  • Greg Pope, Questionmark
  • John Kleeman, Questionmark
  • Paul Booth, Abas UK Ltd.
  • Harvey Mellar, London Knowledge Lab
  • Chris Ricketts, University of Plymouth
  • Denise Whitelock, The Open University

Associated research groups

  • Electronic and Software Systems
  • Learning Societies Lab
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