Technology adoption in education went through the roof during the Covid-19 pandemic and exams & assessments, which were in person, had to be moved online suddenly. It’s the suddenness of the change that caused a lot of teething and adoption issues, however, conversations about e-assessments have been around for a long time.
As early as 2007, a JISC report stated:
“[Online assessment] is much more than just an alternative way of doing what we already do.A growing body of evidence… indicates that well-designed and well-deployed diagnostic and formative assessments can foster more effective learning for a wider diversity of learners.”
— JISC, Effective Practice with e-Assessment
Now in 2022 we know better, a lot has been tried and tested and the benefits of online assessments like international reach, credibility & transparency have been established to a large extent. However, there is still a lot of debate on how to make online assessments more effective for both institutions & students.
Here are some inherent features that can make E-Assessments even more effective than traditional methods :
1. Quick Feedback
Student learning can increase manifold with immediate and concurrent feedback. E-Assessments can make this possible. The features in e-assessment platforms considerably aid students. Students learn about mistakes quickly when they obtain immediate outcomes, and that quick feedback sticks with them for a long time.
E-Assessments can support personalisation. With e-assessment tools, it is possible to customise feedback for students . It can be done in various ways – one example is feedback can be given basis students who get the answer correct, specific tips for students who answer incorrectly in a variety of pre-determined ways, and general feedback for all students.
3. Learning analytics
It is now possible to use the tools of “big data” in understanding student’s learning. With old school exams it’s difficult to know whether students are completing them in good time, or at the last minute. Which questions did students most struggle with, and what were the most common incorrect answers? With e-Assessments, a “Big Data” approach can provide deep insights like identifying topics which might need further exploration to ensure sufficient depth of understanding.
4. Learning Flexibility
Any time, anywhere assessments benefit learners for whom a traditional assessment regime presents difficulties due to distance, disability, illness, or work commitments. On-demand assessments, when available, increase participation in learning by enabling learners to progress at a pace and in a way appropriate to them.
Today technology is available to provide the solutions, however it’s better objective based planning that can make it work even better. Utilising technology for assessments can offer something extra; by way of feedback quality, learning analytics and increased accessibility.
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