A framework for the analysis, comparison and evaluation of e-assessment systems

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Pedro Isaias
The University of Queensland

Paula Miranda
University Institute of Lisbon

Sarah Pifano
Information Society Reserach Lab

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The use of technology within the education sector affects many aspects of the learning process, including assessment. Electronic assessment presents many advantages over traditional paper based methods and it is being widely used by teachers and educational institutions. The progressive acceptance and use of e-assessment has resulted in the development of a panoply of e-assessment systems. This paper aims to propose a framework for the analysis and comparison of e-assessment systems, to support the selection of the most suitable assessment instruments. The proposed framework is composed of eight criteria: variety of design options, scalability, security, access and usability, feedback features, personalisation, cost and interoperability, which overall were validated by the viewpoints of educational experts via an online questionnaire.

About the authors

Pedro Isaias

Pedro Isaias is an Associate Professor of Higher Education Innovation at the Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation (ITaLI), The University of Queensland, Australia. He teaches topics in Management Information Systems (MIS). He has a background in MIS, having obtained a Doctorate in Information Management (Information and Decision Systems speciality) in 2002. Previously he was associate professor at the Universidade Aberta (Portuguese Open University) in Lisbon, Portugal.

Author of several books, book chapters, papers and research reports, all in the information systems area, he has headed several conferences and workshops within the mentioned area. He has also been responsible for the scientific coordination of several EU funded research projects. He is also member of the editorial board of several journals and program committee member of several conferences and workshops. At the moment he conducts research activity focusing in Learning Technologies and e-Business.

Paula Miranda</

Paula Miranda holds a Ph.D. in Information Science and Technology from the ISCTE – University Institute of Lisbon. She is Auxiliary Professor in the Department of Informatics and Systems Engineering of the Setubal School of Technology, Polytechnic Institute of Setubal. Her areas of interest include Information Systems in general, Social Media, e-Learning, more specifically the use of Web 2.0 and Web 3.0 technologies in learning environments and the integration of technology in education.

Sarah Pifano

Sara Pífano is a Researcher at the Information Society Research Lab (ISRLab) where she conducts research on the broad field of the Information Society. She holds a PhD in Information Management from the Universidade Aberta (Portuguese Open University). At the ISRLab, she is responsible for conducting and fostering scientific research, including the design, implementation and evaluation of research initiatives addressing the use of Web 2.0 in several domains of the information society, particularly education and business, the application of social media in the context of e-Learning, learning technologies, digital literacy, and online communities.