There are many teaching activities which may be described as e-assessment,  including:

Important note: If you are considering using Moodle quizzes or similar tools for summative assessment please read our guidelines for good practice.

Online submission

You can use online systems for handling submissions of coursework either as uploaded files or text submitted directly into the online system.

  • Moodle can be used for managing submission and grading of traditional coursework (uploaded essays, reports, log books etc). 
  • The Turnitin plagiarism detection system may be used by tutors to identify instances of plagiarism and may also be used as a learning tool by students if they are permitted to check their own work prior to submission. Turnitin is now also available for use within a Moodle course.

Online coursework

Here the assessed work is coursework which is done wholly or partly online. Such coursework may include assessed contributions to:

  • discussions and debates
  • wikis
  • databases
  • lessons
  • portfolios
  • web pages

It may also involve ‘open-book’ use of quizzes – for instance using the quiz tool to present a complex question which students then research over a period of days before submitting their findings.  Online coursework may or may not take place within the Moodle environment, and may or may not be submitted and graded within Moodle.


Used to create a range of question types including:

  • multiple choice
  • short answer
  • essay answer
  • numerical
  • embedded answers
  • calculated questions
  • matching and to provide feedback

Click here for tips on writing effective assessment questions.

Quizzes which contribute to students’ end of module marks (i.e. are 'summative') are referred to as e-examinations; quizzes which are designed to help students check their understanding and identify areas to focus on, and which do not contribute to  their end of module marks are referred to as 'formative'.

Quizzes have a number of potential benefits including

  • Inter-scorer reliability – quizzes are marked objectively by computer
  • Speed of marking for quizzes – results are available immediately without manual staff marking
  • Flexible provision of feedback – feedback may be provided both at individual question level for correct and incorrect responses, and overall for the test as a whole
  • Reports – each question can be scrutinised via an automatically-generated report enabling examiners to check for any errors
  • Re-usable questions – a question bank can be built up and test items added and removed. Questions and answers can be randomised

Tools which can be used to deliver quizzes include:

  • Moodle - Moodle provides a quiz tool that can be used for formative and summative assessment. It includes multiple choice and multiple response, true-false, short answer, and calculated questions. These questions are kept in a categorised database, and can be re-used within courses and even between courses. Quizzes can allow multiple attempts. Each attempt is automatically marked, and the tutor can choose whether to give feedback or to show correct answers. This module includes grading facilities.
  • LAPT - developed at UCL, LAPT uses certainty-based marking, to encourage better reflection and deeper learning
  • Hot Potatoes - creates web-based exercises for self-assessment
  • TurningPoint - a personal response system (or electronic voting system, or 'clickers') designed for use in the classroom

If you are considering using Moodle quizzes or similar tools for summative assessment please read our guidelines for good practice. You may also wish to refer to JISC Legal's guidelines for e-assessment.

A project is underway at UCL to determine how best to deliver secure e-examinations. For further information please visit the Secure system for e-examinations project pages.