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E-assessment techniques are computer-assisted and interactive, allowing staff to assess students using a variety of tools and resources in an authentic, engaging learning experience. Exemplar resources and presentations for e-assessment are available on Moodle.

UCL offers these e-assessment technologies:

  • A Moodle quiz tool which can be used for formative and summative assessment, including examinations. The Eastman Dental Institute uses online, Moodle-based MCQ-style tests for formative assessment throughout the course.
  • Moodle assignments allow tutors to set a task requiring students to prepare digital content in any format and submit it online for grading. The Chemistry Department uses Moodle for pre-lab preparation to maximise the actual laboratory learning experience and outcomes, and Biosciences are using VERB (or ZooMoodle) to enhance and assess students' knowledge of animal biology.
  • Turnitin is also available via UCL Moodle, allowing staff to check citations and references to other sources and prevent plagiarism. See the Archaeology Department's presentation on using Turnitin as a source of feedback for learning about writing and referencing.
  • Certainty-based marking (CBM) has been devised at UCL for both formative self-tests and summative exams. It helps students to understand what areas of a topic they really do know and what areas they need to work on by asking them to choose, on a three-point scale, how confident they are that their answer is correct.
  • Hot Potatoes provides a suite of tools that enable you to create interactive web-based activities for self-assessment purposes.

JISC has conducted research into the relationship between technology-enhanced assessment and feedback practices and meaningful, well-supported learning experiences, and published three useful guides, including Effective Assessment in a Digital Age.


To find out more about assessment and feedback, contact one of the CALT schools-facing teaching fellows for your school. Find out who they are here.

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