How do I go about creating my own e-assessments?

Guidance on pedagogy

SQA

SQA is the national accreditation and awarding body in Scotland.

You may find information in the following links about how appropriate e-assessment is for various subjects and assessments:

 


 

SQA Academy

SQA Academy has been developed to extend and enhance the training and development opportunities available to all those who contribute to the assessment processes that underpin the qualifications of the Scottish Qualifications Authority.

The SQA Academy website is divided into a number of distinct "webspaces", each of which fulfils a different purpose. The majority of these webspaces are only available to registered users. However, some spaces are open to all, without the need for registration.

 


 

Professional Development Workshops

SQA's Professional Development Workshops are subject-based. SQA is currently piloting online workshops. They hope that by introducing online workshops they are able to reach more teachers as the cost will be much less. The online workshops are delivered on the SQA Academy website (www.sqaacademy.org.uk).

SQA's programme of Professional Development Workshops can be accessed by using the following link:

Professional Development Workshops

JISC

JISC is the UK’s expert on information and digital technologies for education and research.


 

JISC has a set of e-Assessment resources in the JISC Design Studio.


 

You may find information in the following link about how appropriate e-assessment is for various subjects and assessments.
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Assessment and Feedback programme

JISC projects funded under the Assessment and Feedback programme have just commenced and will be disseminating key findings over the next 3 years.

Assessment and Feedback

Scotland’s Colleges

Scotland’s Colleges exists to support, represent and promote the Scottish college sector.

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Scotland’s Colleges maintain Subject Networks which provide opportunities for debate, discussion, collaboration and sharing information.

These Subject Networks can be accessed by using the following link:

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Education Scotland

Education Scotland is the national body which is responsible for supporting quality and improvement in learning and teaching from early years to adult and community learning.

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e-Assessment Toolkit

The e-Assessment Toolkit exists to provide clear, current, practical information to e-assessment practitioners, or those thinking of adopting e-assessment.
The toolkit offers useful tools and resources, helping users to develop and share their knowledge of e-assessment for effective implementation.

This link will take you to the e-Assessment Toolkit.


 

The e-Assessment Toolkit is hosted on the website of the e-Assessment Association (eAA).

The e-Assessment Association is for assessment/learning professionals or educators wanting to know more about the use of technology for exams, tests and assessments, and who want to influence the way electronic assessment develops.

This link will take you to the website of the e-Assessment Association.

Quality assurance and enhancement

Awarding body validation and verification

Where e-assessments are created and used for summative assessment, they will be subject to validation and verification checks by the relevant external body.

The validation of e-assessments will focus on the form and content of the assessment questions, to check on the validity of the assessment for its intended purpose. Some awarding bodies will offer a prior-verification service for this.

The verification process will focus on the delivery and support mechanisms for the e-assessments, in order to ensure both reliability and practicality. Some awarding bodies will carry out checks on this at the prior-verification stage while others will consider it as part of their standard verification process.

In verification of e-tests which have already been delivered, it should be possible to view details of when a learner took an assessment, how long it took, and from which IP address it was taken. It should also be possible to re-create the assessment exactly as it was taken by the learner, including any randomly generated parameters and ordering used. Records of all responses to each question should be kept on the server, including the full text of free-text responses and any feedback or result given to the learner.

SQA prior verification of e-assessments

Where centres create their own assessment instruments and marking schemes, for use in summative assessment of SQA qualifications, SQA encourages them to seek prior verification of the assessments and the associated marking schemes. Prior verification is a valuable service which helps avoid issues arising with centre-devised assessment materials at external verification. It is currently a free service and if you are intending to create e-assessment items for summative assessment purposes you can also use this service.

If you intend to create a bank of assessment items, to allow learners to take online, automatically-marked summative tests for SQA qualifications, we would encourage you to tell us about that in advance to allow the bank of items and the assessment approach to be discussed.

SQA offers a Prior verification service to centres who devise their own instruments of assessment or who wish to significantly change items from the National Assessment Bank to suit their particular local needs.

This link will take you to SQA's Prior Verification Service.


 

The Link opens in new windowSOLAR summative e-assessments are pre-verified — so centres know that quality is assured. This provides real benefits for both learners and learning providers.

Internal quality enhancement

SQA has produced several publications on internal quality enhancement.

Although it was published in 2001 and uses the term 'Internal Moderation' instead of the current term 'Internal Verification', Guide to Internal Moderation for SQA Centres still contains a wealth of relevant information.

Specifically written for Ofqual qualifications, Internal Verification: A Guide for Centres Offering Ofqual Regulated Qualifications, is a brief guide on good practice in internal verification which is relevant in many other areas.

Quality enhancement via networks

Scotland’s Colleges

Scotland’s Colleges maintain Subject Networks which provide opportunities for debate, discussion, collaboration and sharing information.

These Subject Networks can be accessed by using the following link:

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SQA

SQA's Professional Development Workshops are subject-based. SQA is currently piloting online workshops. They hope that by introducing online workshops they are able to reach more teachers as the cost will be much less. The online workshops are delivered on the SQA Academy website (www.sqaacademy.org.uk).

SQA's programme of Professional Development Workshops can be accessed by using the following link:

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