E-assessment News Archive

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Removed 20th March 2012

Piloting e-verification 2008-10

From 2008-2010, SQA worked with centres and External Verifiers to pilot e-verification. This project was initiated because we were aware that centres and candidates were increasingly using e-portfolios and other electronic means to manage assessment evidence and we wanted to explore how SQA could make use of e-verification as part of its quality enhancement process.

The report on this pilot is available by using the following link: Piloting e-verification 2008-10 (30 KB).

CLASS - Report into Pilot Study 2010

In the academic year 2007/2008, SQA carried out a groundbreaking exercise into the evaluation of collaborative group work using tailored wiki and blog software. The trial was extremely favourably received but it was decided to invest in more sophisticated and robust software before extending the approach to a larger cohort. The new software, based on a highly customised Moodle platform, was delivered for use in Diet 2010.

An independent evaluation of the software used in 2010 was conducted for SQA by Sero Consulting Ltd. Extracts from this evaluation are available by using the following link: CLASS - Report into Pilot Study 2010 (65 KB).

DeskSpace multi-media Case Study

In 2010, SQA worked with CCEA in Northern Ireland to produce a Case Study of our practices and experiences in response to the Regulatory Principles for e-Assessment. A multi-media version of this Case Study, featuring the SQA e-portfolio DeskSpace, was produced.

You can download a PDF copy of this Case Study by using the following link: DeskSpace PDF Case Study (116 KB).


Removed 28th September 2011

E-scape Scotland Project

Over the last two years, SQA has been a partner in the e-scape Scotland Project. E-scape stands for ‘e-solutions for creative assessment in portfolio environments’, and the aims of e-scape Scotland were to:

The main thrust of e-scape Scotland project was to explore the potential of the e-scape methodology in classrooms where learning and ‘Assessment is for Learning’ (AifL) was the primary concern.

Under the e-scape Scotland approach, learners captured digital images of work in progress in areas such as Product Design. These were uploaded to what is in effect an e-portfolio, allowing peers and teachers to provide feedback on the work as it progresses. The approach has been trialled in summative contexts in England. The focus of the two-year trial in Scotland was to see how effective it was in a formative setting. The work was led by Susan McLaren at Edinburgh University with input from LTS and SQA.

The E-scape Summary Handout is available by using the following link: E-scape summary handout (249 KB)
The E-scape Summary Research and Development Report is available by using the following link: E-scape summary research and development report (272 KB)

Digital literacy across the curriculum

Futurelab (Link opens in new windowhttp://www.futurelab.org.uk/) has produced a handbook that introduces educational practitioners to the concepts and contexts of digital literacy and supports them in developing their own practice aimed at fostering the components of digital literacy in classroom subject teaching and in real school settings.

The Scottish Curriculum for Excellence is mentioned on page 15 of this handbook.

The handbook is available by using this link: Link opens in new windowDigital literacy across the curriculum.

Efutures Website

Launched in 2007, Link opens in new windowefutures is a dedicated website on e-assessment incorporating an Link opens in new windowonline toolkit for e-assessment practitioners. Efutures has recently undergone a restructure and redesign incorporating new layers of content and functionality which will enable users to interact more with the information on the site, by providing comments, asking questions and uploading data. The new look site aims to encourage users to participate in communities of practice encouraging dialogue and debate on the dynamic subject of e-assessment and is supported by all the qualification regulators -  Ofqual, CCEA, SQA and DCELLS.

The efutures website can be accessed by using the following link: Link opens in new windowefutures


Removed 27th January 2011

SQA shortlisted for BETT Award

BETT finalist logoCelebrating the best digital products and technological companies supplying ICT for education, the BETT Awards are widely regarded to be the most highly esteemed awards in the industry and truly showcase outstanding education sector products and learning solutions.

SQA and LearnTPM Ltd have been shortlisted in the ICT Education Partnership category. The nomination details the partnership work to devise and develop our innovative games based assessment platform - SQA GamesSpace.

SQA will also be exhibiting at The BETT Show - the world’s largest education technology event running from 12 to 15 January 2011.

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


Removed 17th December 2010

SQA Sponsor Assessment Tomorrow Conference

We are proud to be the headline sponsor of the 5th annual Assessment Tomorrow Conference.

Taking place in Edinburgh on Thursday 25 November, the conference examines how technology, e-learning and e-assessment can enhance the learner and practitioner experience under the theme of ‘Delivering the benefits of Innovation and Technology’.

SQA’s Director of Qualifications Development, Dr Gill Stewart will give the keynote opening address and Martyn Ware, our Head of e-Assessment and Learning will present an overview of SQA developments and vision for e-assessment going forward.

The conference will be of particular interest to policy makers and management from government, local authorities, schools, colleges and training providers, e-learning publishers and awarding bodies/assessment providers.

To find out more and register to attend visit the conference website at:

Link opens in new windowwww.scotland.assessmenttomorrow.com


Removed 4th October 2010

Computing and Computing Studies e-NABs - Intermediate 1, Intermediate 2 and Higher

Last year we worked to make the full range of Computing and Computing Studies NABs at Intermediate 1, Intermediate 2 and Higher levels available online. We are pleased to say that this work is now complete and we can offer these e-NABs to centres wishing to use online summative assessments with students.

These assessments are being delivered through the SOLAR e-assessment system.

If you would like your students to benefit from these e-NABs, please contact us at sqasolar@sqa.org.uk.

Assessment and Teaching of 21st Century Skills

The ways in which we live, work, play and learn have been transformed by technologies. People access, use, and create information very differently from the way they did in previous decades. Citizens and workers of the 21st century need new skills and education has an important role in developing them. This project is focused on the initial tasks of defining those skills and developing ways to measure them using technology. It will also address the pedagogical implications and provide evidence on how the skills can best be developed in education.

The Assessment and Teaching of 21st Century Skills website can be accessed by using the following link: Link opens in new windowAssessment and Teaching of 21st Century Skills

Social Software Evaluation Report

In 2007, SQA undertook a pilot project to investigate the use of social software, such as wikis and blogs, in group work in the Intermediate 2 course in Health and Safety in Care Settings. 

An evaluation of the pilot project was undertaken in June of 2008 with the objectives of:

The report can be viewed using the following link: Social Software Evaluation Report 

Assessment 2.0

There's been a lot of buzz around 'Web 2.0' - the 'second version' of the World Wide Web - and SQA has been exploring the potential of Web 2.0 for student assessment. Web services such as Flickr, Blogger and Wikipedia have great potential as sources of candidate evidence and Futurelab recently published a paper entitled 'Assessment 2.0' which describes our findings.


Removed 24th February 2010

Research Bulletin 32: Delivering and Assessing Learning on Mobile Devices

Findings of a small-scale pilot project undertaken by the Scottish Qualifications Authority to take a preliminary look at the prospects for using mobile devices, such as mobile phones and smartphones, for the delivery and assessment of learning.

SOLAR White Paper

The Solar Project is an important e-assessment development project for the Scottish Qualifications Authority and Scotland's colleges. This White Paper gives information on how the project has developed so far and how we see it moving forward.


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