Category Archives: online assessment

Online assessment: it’s complicated

So that’s semester two of the MSc in digital education done. Online assessment was a challenging but enjoyable subject, with lots of lively debate and activities. Here are five things I think I’ve learned: 1.  Assessment ‘defines the de facto … Continue reading


Do you know your free riders from your social loafers?

Until this week I would probably have said that ‘free rider’ and ‘diligent isolate’ appeared in the lyrics to the Manic Street Preachers’ ‘Motorcycle Emptiness‘. And that social loafers was a brand of high-end slippers aimed at ageing hipsters. However, … Continue reading


Confessions of a first-time wiki contributor

This week I was contributing to a wiki for the first time. Here are some things you might like to know about wikis: – wiki comes from a Hawaiian word meaning ‘fast’ – there are over 300,000 educational workspaces on PBworks, … Continue reading


Who is assessment for?

Assessment is a huge part of who universities are. It provides evidence that programmes are rigorous and relevant, and can play a decisive role in how students approach their learning. Despite what Homer Simpson might think, most students want proof … Continue reading


Online assessment: ‘will this be on the exam?’

One of the clearest memories from our trip to Japan many years ago was at the ticket office in a train station in Hiroshima. My sister-in-law, who was travelling with us, spoke some Japanese but she had to ask quite … Continue reading