Dr Peter Alston is presenting at the e-Assessment Question Conference
About the presentation: ‘Are we all on the same page?’ The challenge of e-assessment terminology
Technology has played a crucial role in enhancing assessment practices across the disciplines, from facilitating large-scale testing and improving efficiency owing to an increase in student numbers, to the recognition that well-designed and deployed electronic assessment (e-assessment) initiatives offer a variety of benefits to all involved. However, whilst the literature reports on staff and student experiences with e-assessment, there is little attention given to the proliferation of terms used when describing the various forms of learning and assessment capable through the use of technology.
Drawing on the findings from an institutional ethnographic (Smith, 2005) study into electronic assessment (e-assessment) practices in HE, this session focuses on one aspect of the research; how the term ‘e-assessment’ is understood by those involved in its design and implementation in practice. Whilst the findings show a variation in definition between staff in different roles, such practice is also consistent with the variation evident in the literature. This session will stress the need for a common language for
e-assessment, particularly since it is often commonplace in educational literature to see technology and e-assessment practices in a variety of contexts described in a variety of ways, even when used in similar contexts.
The session will conclude by highlighting several challenges to be considered and overcome with regards to future e-assessment policy and practice in HE, and share some recommendations on how they may be overcome.
About Dr Peter Alston
Dr Peter Alston is Principal Lecturer in Learning and Teaching at BPP University. With a background in information systems and web development/programming, and a PhD in eResearch & Technology Enhanced Learning, Pete is a Principal Lecturer in Learning and Teaching at BPP University, contributing to both University and Apprenticeship L&T provision. Previously, he was Director of Learning Solutions at Laureate Online Education with responsibility for cultivating relationships with partner institutions, and providing strategic vision and oversight for the design and development of academic programs. Prior to joining Laureate, Pete was a Lecturer (Learning Technology) at the University of Liverpool, providing strategic direction on the use of Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) in the School of Life Sciences, and taking a proactive and lead approach to the development of new ways of using learning technologies, social media and other web-based technologies within education. He also held a Senior Lecturer position in the Department of Computing at Edge Hill University, contributing to the teaching and project supervision on the Web Systems Development pathway, and served as a Senior SOLSTICE Fellow, to take a pro-active and lead approach to develop, broaden and deepen the impact of technology enhanced learning throughout the faculty and across the University.