E-assessment News

Use of e-Assessment in Controlled Assessment

This report was produced by the CCEA Regulatory Authority, in collaboration with the other UK Qualifications Regulators (the Welsh Government, Ofqual and SQA), and several UK Awarding Organisations. The publication reports on research which looked at issues around the use of e-assessment for the Controlled Assessment components of General Qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Online questionnaires were used to gather opinion on the potential benefits of this assessment method, with regard to lessening the perceived assessment load for centres and learners.

While previous research had indicated lack of confidence among practitioners, and in terms of centre and Awarding Organisation readiness generally in relation to e-assessment, this study found that Awarding Organisations were gaining confidence in using this approach, especially for Controlled Assessment components of General Qualifications.

Responses also recorded positive opinions in terms of centre capacity and teacher readiness. The availability of ICT resources appears to be less of an issue than previously and Awarding Organisations are beginning to realise cost benefits in the development and delivery of assessment. Practitioner and Awarding Organisation comments suggest that e-assessment could provide opportunities for lessening assessment, by supporting the scheduling of assessment sessions, including in relation to absenteeism, and by providing opportunities for learners to become more engaged with the assessment process.

You can read the report by using the following link: Use of e-Assessment in Controlled Assessment (164 KB)


E-assessment Resource

In collaboration with six Scottish Colleges, Education Scotland (HMIe), JISC and UHI, SQA has developed a new online E-assessment Resource.

The aim of the resource is to provide both operational managers and practitioners with a simple, single point of guidance to support and encourage the use of e-assessment in our centres. It collates a diverse range of materials and information designed to assist in planning, implementing and reviewing the use of e-assessment tools and systems.

The key purposes of the resource are to:

The resource offers a ‘journey-through’ approach to e-assessment. You’ll find guidance from SQA but it’s not intended to be an ‘SQA-only’ resource. There are links to useful, relevant information from Scotland’s Colleges, JISC, the e-Assessment Association and other organisations which offer resources and guidance.

Over time we will continue to populate the resource with further case studies and information identified by SQA and our partners, and invite centres to submit content ideas and links also.

You can visit the resource by using this link.


Guidance on using e-portfolios

SQA has published guidance on using e-portfolios. This resource will give you advice about good practice, and highlights some of the things you’ll need to take into account when you’re supporting learners as they create e-portfolios for SQA qualifications.

The guidance also provides examples of e-portfolio forms and templates  which could be useful for demonstrating good practice in using e-portfolios for assessment.


SQA e-portfolio Case Studies

E-portfolios provide an electronic environment where centres can introduce more creative approaches to assessment and where learners can store and organise their learning and assessment evidence, in a range of media formats.

We have commissioned three further e-portfolio Case Studies, adding to those already published.


2011 BETT Awards Winner

BETT 2011 Winner

We are delighted to announce that SQA and LearnTPM Ltd have won the ICT Education Partnership Award at the prestigious Link opens in new window2011 BETT Awards. The award was won for the development and delivery of GamesSpace, our Link opens in new windowEuropean Social Fund (ESF) supported games based assessment platform for young people on our Skills for Work courses in Retailing, Health Sector, Energy and Uniformed and Emergency Services.

BETT Awards photos

The annual BETT Awards represent a partnership between BESA, the trade association representing the educational supply industry and Emap Connect, the organisers of BETT – the largest educational technology show in the world. The awards encourage and recognise outstanding education sector resources and learning solutions. The judges, who are all educational professionals, focus on what works in the classroom or school in terms of design, cost-effectiveness, support of higher order thinking skills and effective learning and teaching styles.

For more information visit the BETT website: Link opens in new windowhttp://www.bettawards.com/


SQA win at European Structural Funds Best Practice Awards

SQA’s Skills for Scotland (S4S) project has won an award for the best use of publicity in a European funded project. SQA were recognised for the innovative use of the European logo in GamesSpace – our games based assessment system.

The awards ceremony organised by Scottish Government recognises good practice in the use of European Structural funds in Scotland.

The awards were presented by Mr Keith Brown, Minister for Skills and Lifelong Learning and two European Commissioners of DG Employment and DG Regions.

GameSpace ESF Award with Keith Brown



E-portfolios offer benefits for learners, centres and SQA. They provide an electronic environment where centres can introduce more creative approaches to assessment and where learners can store and organise their learning and assessment evidence, in a range of media formats. For centres, this also means no longer having to print, copy and store paper-based portfolios. For SQA, e-portfolios provide a secure and flexible way to access assessment evidence and internal verification materials.

You can find out more information about using e-portfolios for SQA Courses by using the following link: E-portfolios


E-assessment at SQA

SQA has e-assessment tools that are designed to enhance the delivery and learning experience for learners and to provide more choice to tutors when they come to choosing an assessment.

You can view a leaflet telling you about the types of e-assessment that are on offer now or in development by using the following link: E-assessment at SQA.


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