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The Schome Initiative has identified assessment as being one of the main barriers to change in education (in a context in which accountability and assessment are closely linked) - see The assessment problem for more info.

Learning Analytics (which includes Social Learning Analytics) looks like one of the most promising potential ways forward. While there is potential here, we must be cautious not to fall into the same traps of previous assessments - focussing on summative assessments and transactional epistemology (?) see [1] for further discussion.

This Educause article discusses assessment and LA further [2]


Aspirational Indicators and Metrics of Success for Education (AIMS4Ed) is an embryonic project that intends to create a web-based tool to enable schools to gauge the subjective well-being of their community. Watch this space ...

ICT enabled assessment

Examples of school age ICT enabled assessment

The Smarter Balanced Assessment System - based on Common Core State Standards for English and Maths - in California. Uses computer-adaptive tests and performance tasks. See for more info

Notes to integrate

  • One key 21st century skill is the use of search engines to find and evaluate information. This page on search engines discusses this further, in particular regarding Denmark's inclusion of internet in their exams
  • Formative assessment in big lectures (using voting system) - also great re how to make large lectures more dialogic (peer-peer discussion). See 26 mins in for example of large lecture peer interaction

Shepherd, J. (2010, August 18). Exams: changing habits may spell end for pen-and-paper tests. Retrieved from

See PeterT's assessment page in Scoop.It for annotated links to other material about assessment.

e-Assessment case studies from BTL - includes WJEC talking about moving to ICT enabled assessment of some A levels and AQA re moving towards ICT enabled GQs (GSCEs and A Levels)

YouTube video of presentation on challenges and opportunities for using ICT in the classroom (The Mount School in York) at Surpass conference 2016 - they have implemented a 1:1 iPad scheme at this independent girls quaker school. A huge challenge is that assessment doesn't align with how they are taught - current system is crazy (see 7mins 45secs into the video).


  1. Knight, Simon, Simon Buckingham Shum, and Karen Littleton. “Epistemology, Pedagogy, Assessment and Learning Analytics.” Leuven, Belgium, 2013.
  2. Booth, Melanie. “Learning Analytics: The New Black.” EDUCAUSE Review, August 2012.