Innovation scheme: Digital assessment for customised education 2015-2016

With its innovation scheme´Digital Assessment for Customised Education´, SURF aims to promote flexible and personalised learning through the innovative use of digital assessment. The scheme is intended to spur lecturers, assessments experts and higher education professionals to think out of the box in designing customised education.


Higher education institutions were offered the opportunity to submit project proposals between 30 April and 15 June 2015. A total of 68 project proposals were received. The proposals were assessed by a panel of experts in digital assessment and educational innovation. The selected institutions have received up to 25,000 euros to implement their project between 1 July 2015 and 1 July 2016.


The following 9 experiments were launched on 1 July 2015:

  • ‘All summative tests on students’ own laptops, anytime and everywhere’ by Fontys University of Applied Sciences: create a controlled testing environment by temporarily converting the laptops of students into robust and secure workspaces for taking tests, regardless of the laptop and the type of test.
  • ‘Generating learning feedback from the digital testing of mathematics’ by Maastricht University: providing students with richer reports and leaning feedback by analysing the characteristic study patterns obtained from digital exercise and testing systems for mathematics and statistics education.
  • ‘Remote surveillance’ by the University of Amsterdam: experiment with proctoring in regular blended education. Privacy and legal matters will be studied and recommendations will be made for university policy.
  • ‘iSPOT’ (interactive Self and Peer Observation Tool) by the Open University of the Netherlands: an instrument with which psychology students can gain time and place-independent feedback and assessments on discussion skills via conversations recorded by webcam.
  • ‘Assessment: we can’t make it easier, but we can make it more fun!’ by VU University Medical Center: testing format and formative case test with gaming elements that teachers can use for adaptive and formative testing.
  • ‘O-SCT Physiotherapy’ by HAN University of Applied Sciences: development of an Online Script Concordance Test that assesses the quality of clinical reasoning based on clinical cases.
  • ‘Standardised Custom Approach to Formative Feedback’ by Windesheim University of Applied Sciences: focus on the quality of feedback in the formative use of rubrics.
  • ‘Group Feedback for Creative Technology’ by the University of Twente: study of a number of systems for giving and receiving peer feedback in group work.
  • ‘The use of MOOCs’ by VU University Amsterdam: MOOCs in combination with webinars and digital testing as compulsory preparation for new students studying the mathematics core course.

Customised Education innovation programme

The innovation scheme is part of the SURF Digital Assessment project, one of six projects under the Customised Education innovation programme. The programme is run by SURFnet and contributes to the ambition of higher education institutions to offer personalised and flexible education that meets the learning needs of individual students.

Latest modifications 31 May 2017