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DOI:   10.3217/jucs-021-08-1001


Introducing a Formative E-Assessment System to Improve Online Learning Experience and Performance

Enosha Hettiarachchi (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain)

Enric Mor (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain)

M. Antonia Huertas (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain)

Ana-Elena Guerrero-Roldán (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain)

Abstract: E-assessment is the process where technologies are used for the management of the end-to-end assessment process. It involves the use of any technology-based method that allows systematic inferences and judgments to be made about the student's skills, knowledge and capabilities acquisition. In online learning, technology is used to facilitate the implementation of the appropriate models that can be used for both teaching and learning. In addition, e-assessment technologies allow creating tools able to improve student engagement and performance, offer possibilities to practice competences and skills, provide personalized feedback and improve student motivation. This paper presents a general e-assessment tool with a formative e-assessment model. The e-assessment tool under a formative assessment model is integrated into the learning process and provides aligned and authentic learning experience, focused on skill and knowledge acquisition. Results show that the e-assessment tool and its model had a positive effect on students' performance and learning. The tool itself is capable of providing students with personalized feedback, guidance and marks as well as automatically storing and tracking students' progress, competences and outcomes, going beyond the e-assessment approach based mainly on quizzes. The e-assessment tool and model offer innovative assessment approaches, mainly focusing on skill assessment where dynamic and interactive questions were provided with the guidance of personalized feedback and hints.

Keywords: E-assessment, education technology, formative assessment, online education, teaching innovation

Categories: L.0.0, L.2.1, L.2.7, L.3.0, L.3.5, L.3.6