Selecting Assessment Technologies

Overview

Integrate digital devices into your assessment plan only if adding them improves the quality of the student learning experience. Improving assessment management should be only a secondary consideration.

Bringing technology to assessment processes can:

  • allow students to submit assignments online
  • enhance students' assessment-as-learning experiences
  • give students more ways to learn and to demonstrate their learning
  • help staff reconsider learning and teaching approaches
  • help staff assess in innovative ways
  • help staff give timely and more comprehensive feedback, and
  • make it easier to manage large volumes of marking and administration.

Often if you improve assessment management using technologies, you also benefit students educationally. For example, setting online multiple-choice quizzes with automated marking and feedback can reduce staff marking loads and give students immediate feedback on their learning performance.

Plan carefully, and manage assessment-by-technology to ensure that it enhances learning. Check also that it doesn't disadvantage students, especially students with a disability. Be strategic about the integration, so that staff workloads remain sustainable and the university continues to comply with statutory and legislative frameworks.

Video Series - Assessing with Technologies

Dr Carol Russell discusses some strategies, benefits and challenges for assessing with technologies, and Tam Nguyen (Faculty of the Built Environment) talks about using online portfolio tools.

 

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Video Series - Strategies, benefits and challenges for assessing with technologies

In this collection of videos, Dr Carol Russell discusses some strategies, benefits and challenges for assessing with technologies.

 

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