Section Introduction: Using Information Technology for Assessment: Issues and Opportunities
Use of IT-enabled assessments has been increasing rapidly, as they offer promise of cheaper ways of delivering and marking assessments as well as access to vast amounts of assessment data from which a wide range of judgments might be made about students, teachers, schools, and education systems. In many countries, in recent years, a renewed focus on assessments to support learning has been pushing against the burgeoning of testing for accountability (Black 2015; Shute et al. 2016), which in some countries renders effective formative assessment practices almost impossible (Black 2015). Thus, a key challenge for IT-enabled assessment is to support a move toward IT-based assessment that can serve learners’ needs as well as the broader needs of education for evaluation of institutions and systems (Webb et al. 2013).
KeywordsIT-enabled assessment Analytics Formative assessment Automated assessment
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