New e-book looks at role of technology in educational assessment

The University of London and Bloomsbury Learning Environment contribute to sector-wide conversation on technology in education
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The e-book provides insights into the adoption of particular digital assessment tools
The e-book contains 21 case studies of digital assessment and feedback practices from across the UK

Educators will now have a valuable insight into the way technology can enhance assessment and feedback thanks to a new e-book from the Bloomsbury Learning Environment (BLE).

The University of London is a partner at the BLE and played a key role in this project. Sarah Sherman of the BLE Consortium and Leo Havemann of Birkbeck, University of London have co-edited the e-book which explores the findings of a wide-ranging, two-year research and dissemination project. The project focused on the ways in which technology improves the assessment and feedback process, feeding into the education sector’s widening conversation about the use of technology.

The e-book contains three research papers which capture snapshots of current practice and includes specific examples of practice at the University of London’s International Academy from which broad recommendations have been drawn to help inform wider practice. These papers focus on:

  • The use of technology across the assessment lifecycle.
  • The roles played by administrative staff in assessment processes.
  • Technology-supported assessment in distance learning.

Sarah Sherman

The e-book also contains 21 case studies of digital assessment and feedback practices from across the UK, some authored by colleagues at the University, to give insight into the adoption of particular tools, and the associated benefits and challenges. These are complimented by three further case studies outlining technical development, which have been undertaken locally to support or enhance aspects of practice.

Sarah Sherman (pictured left), BLE Service Manager, said: “We are delighted to have published the results of this excellent joint research project conducted between the BLE and its partners, including the University of London. We believe this research will provide extensive insight into how new technologies can help to build upon current practices of assessment and feedback.”

  • Download the e-book from the BLE website.
  • For more information about the project, please contact Sarah Sherman: s.sherman@bloomsbury.ac.uk
  • The BLE is a shared e-learning service for six Higher Education institutions in central London, all of which are members of the University of London.