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Refreshing Assessment Project presentation 1

14 June 2011
Jennie Lee Building Meeting room 1 on the ground floor, Walton Hall

Exploring eAssessment Design - Dr Helen Ashton

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‘Exploring eAssessment Design’ is the title of Dr Helen Ashton’s talk at the Open University on 15th June, starting at 12.30 pm. Helen is based at Heriot-Watt University and will discuss how understanding how to design eAssessment questions is key to supporting staff and students during their learning. Used formatively, the right questions can provide confidence to students, highlight areas of strength and weakness to both staff and students, and allow staff to provide appropriate support. Used summatively, eAssessment can save marking and administration time, and ensure consistency of marking.

This talk will look at the general approach to writing questions from the design of multiple choice questions to higher order interactive questions with a focus on the desired learning outcomes. Key points will be highlighted using example questions from a variety of subjects and levels.

Dr Helen Ashton is an advisor on the SRAFTE project (Synthesis Report on Assessment and Feedback with Technology Enhancement) – see

This presentation is the first in a series of three Refreshing Assessment project presentations being held during June at the Walton Hall campus.

The presentation starts at 12.30 pm and takes place in Jennie Lee Building Meeting room 1 on the ground floor.  Please contact Tracey Hawker if you wish to attend.

More about Dr Helen Ashton

Helen Ashton, Heriot-Watt University Dr Helen Ashton is Head of e-Assessment for the SCHOLAR programme where she is involved in the development of e-assessment technologies and supporting those writing assessments. Prior to this Helen was a Lecturer in Computer Science at Heriot-Watt University.

Helen has a strong interest in supporting feedback and reflection in learning (both online and otherwise), and in the use of technology in education. She has worked on a number of projects in this area including PASS-IT ( and to deliver e-NABs in Mathematics and Computing in conjunction with SQA (Scottish Qualifications Authority, Current work in the area of online assessment includes the usage of such systems, the development of questions and specifications, and the development of delivery and reporting systems.

Others in the Refreshing Assessment Project presentation series

Presentation 2  Lester Gilbert Understanding how to make interactive computer marked assessment questions more reliable and valid: An introduction to test psychometrics

Presentation 3 Professor Don MacKenzie From 'Trivial Pursuit' to 'Serious e-Assessment' - Authoring and Maintaining Quality Questions for Online Delivery

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