What is e-Assessment?

E-assessment is the use of electronic systems for the development, operation and delivery of accredited qualification assessment or the collection of performance evidence, which contributes to the awarding of a unit or an accredited qualification.

E-assessment is any type of assessment that has an electronic component and incorporates one or more of e-testing, e-portfolios and e-marking.

Examples of e-assessment include:

  • Assessments that are distributed, completed, marked automatically and administered electronically using local intranets/networks and individual workstations.
  • Assessments that are distributed, completed, marked automatically and administered electronically using the internet.
  • Assessments comprising a combination of automatic marking and manual.
  • Electronic test delivery, with all marking completed manually on screen or on paper.
  • A range of multimedia formats for submitting assessment.
  • Electronic scanning of completed assessments for marking.
  • Tests downloaded from the internet by the centre.
  • Delivery of assessments and submission of completed assessments by secure email.
  • E-portfolios to store and manage candidates’ evidence electronically.
  • Assessments that are automatically marked and react adaptively to student performance.

Why e-assessment?

Due to the increasing use of technology in the Skills Revolution for the development, delivery and administration of education, many organisations prefer to harness the affordances of technology to assess students and reporting of assessment.

In the South African context, e-assessment is a huge advantage to students as they do not need to wait for too long before they get the results of the assessment, and the system is cost-effective as students do not need to shoulder any postage costs.

Use of e-assessment is motivated by several factors that include:

  • The dispersed nature of students served by a provider.
  • Flexibility of taking tests/exams – learners can register and sit the exam whichever day and time suits them.
  • Cost effectiveness of transporting assessment documentation electronically rather than physically, and the relative security associated with electronic delivery of assessment.
  • Mechanism for getting regular feedback from users.
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