Effective Assessment in a Digital Age:London Workshop 20th January 2011

Using principles of good practice, work with colleagues towards an effective model for the use of technology in assessment and feedback.

A series of free workshops based around the JISC Effective Assessment in a Digital Age publication
and associated online resources
will take place during January – March 2011. Workshops will be held in London (20 January 2011), Birmingham (16th February 2011), Bristol (March 2011) and Newcastle (24 March 2011). The JISC e-Learning Programme will be working in partnership with the JISC Regional Support Centres on these events.

These workshops will be exploring how the use of technology in HE and HE in FE, linked to principles of good practice in assessment and feedback, can help promote more effective learning. These workshops, which draw on the work of recent JISC-funded projects as well as related significant developments in the area of assessment, will have a practical, hands-on flavour with a focus on how to move from current challenges towards sustainable change.

The workshops will be suitable for:

  • Lecturers, tutors and course leaders who design assessment and feedback for their learners on HE-level courses
  • Intermediaries with a role in supporting practitioners with assessment, and technology-enhanced assessment (learning technologists, e-learning/ILT champions, staff developers, educational developers, academic registry)

Booking information for the London workshop is now available from www.jisc.ac.uk/assessworkshops

JISC Legal guidelines on use of technology in assessment

JISC Legal has published a short four page paper that considers the legal issues which may arise in relation to the use of e-assessment in further and higher education. The document (PDF format) can be accessed at:


New e-Assessment Glossary of terms

The Qualifications and Curriculum Agency (QCA) and JISC have undertaken a study to review the terminology used in the field of e-assessment. A glossary of e-Assessment terms has been produced for use by awarding bodies, teachers, lecturers, practitioners and administrators across all types of educational institutions and across all sectors, as well as software developers and providers.

As a first edition, this is a work in progress, which will periodically be reviewed and updated. However, it can be used to stimulate debate about how terms should be defined and is available in a short and an extended version.

Case Study – Barking College Case Study: Embedding Diagnostic e-Assessment

As Barking developed various assessment solutions, the need for better integration and improved presentation of data in response to students’ and staff needs and expectations, helped drive the College forward to think strategically about the implementation of e-assessments.

This case study for the Excellence Gateway examines Barking College’s approach to integrating, personalising and embedding online diagnostic assessments to support teaching and learning at the College.

The case study is supported  by a video introduced by Cathy Walsh, Principal at Barking, describing the College’s vision of elearning as essential to the learner experience in the 21st Century.

Link to Barking College Case Study – Embedding Diagnostic e-Assessment