This survey is designed to provide BIS, Jisc, Awarding Organisations and other stakeholders involved in the development and delivery of technology enhanced assessment, “e-assessment” with a view of the measures necessary to develop its use further. Underpinning the reasons for a survey at this time are the outcomes of the Government’s response to FELTAG which include the wider use of technology in assessment generally and a view that, in some areas, 50% or more of assessment activity could be technology based by 2018. Whilst FELTAG’s initial work was focused on England, Jisc is working with agencies across the UK with a view to ensuring that resources developed in response to the FELTAG report are made widely available. This survey therefore is seeking feedback from across the UK. You can find out more information about FELTAG at www.feltag.org.uk
Whilst this is not designed to be a landscape survey, inevitably there are some questions relating to current provision, since not only is there already a significant use of technology in assessment but this is the starting point for future development.
The survey is being supported by Jisc, by the e-Assessment Association and by Pearson, City and Guilds, OCR and SQA. The distribution of the invitation to complete the survey is also being supported by AoC, AELP, FAB, NIACE, the College Development Network and the 157 Group.
The survey is aimed at all post 16 organisations involved in the delivery of vocational qualifications, in any form. This includes schools, UTCs, FE colleges, 6th form colleges, work based providers, adult education, employers, and offender education.
We are using the term “technology enhanced assessment” to include all forms of technology used by learners to complete assessment activities that might contribute towards a certificated outcome. As shorthand, in the survey we have referred to all of this type of activity as “e-assessment”. The range of activities includes, for example, the use of e-portfolios, managed learning environments and on screen tests but excludes the scanning of paper based exam scripts for on screen marking by Awarding Organisations.
We are aiming to receive responses from a wide range of people within organisations. Hopefully, this will help us get viewpoints from a wide range of perspectives. We have tried to describe people by roles but inevitably roles will overlap or exist in different forms.
We will also contact a number of organisations later in the process to undertake a telephone interview with the aim of exploring further some of the outcomes.
All views will be treated in the strictest confidence in accordance with the Market Research Society's Code of Conduct. Individual results or comments will not be shared with any third party unless this is required by law. Jisc may use some quotations for marketing or research purposes but quotes will be anonymous. By completing this survey you are consenting to these terms.
If you provide us with an email address, we will provide you with a copy of our findings as well as asking if you would be prepared to take part in the follow-up telephone interview.
Finally, thank you in advance for undertaking the survey. It should take you no more than 20-30 minutes to complete, however depending on your role and responses it may take much less time.
If you are interested in finding out more about Jisc’s work on e-assessment, please click here.