OnLine Assessment in e-Learning: The Elephant in the Room?

A. Murphy (UK)


e-learning, e-assessment, training


As traditional education has moved increasingly to new methods of teaching through the development and expansion of Information and Communication Technologies where students can choose how to learn, and more importantly for many, when and where this learning takes place, much of the assessment is still bound in tradition, and is a topic that does not generate that much discussion. Although formative assessment can easily be conducted on-line and be flexible in terms of time and location, many problems arise with sumative assessment in an e-learning context, ranging from the quality of assessment, to the ability to establish proper quality controls. This study looks at why theses problems exist and includes a survey of both students and staff to consider their views on e-assessment, and then draws some initial conclusions.

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