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  • Secure assessment workbook download

    Knowledge base - In order to support institutions in making the assessment process secure, SURFnet worked with experts from various institutions of higher education to develop this secure assessment workbook. This workbook offers institutions guidance on setting up the complete assessment process securely and applies to digital and paper assessments.

  • Guidelines for digital assessment policy download

    Knowledge base - More and more institutions are placing digital assessment high on their agendas. However, the introduction of digital assessment is a complex process of change that affects the very heart of education and requires major investments. With these guidelines SURFnet intends to help institutions to prepare and implement a digital assessment policy.

  • Assessment Security Selection Model download

    Knowledge base - With more and more digital assessment options coming at hand, many examination committees are wrestling with the question which tools provide the best security in a particular situation. When should you opt for 'bring your own device’ or online proctoring? To answer these questions SURFnet has developed the Assessment Security Selection Model.

  • Thematic issue: Innovations in digital assessment, assessment as an integral part of the learning process download

    Knowledge base - This thematic issue reports on the future of assessment methods. Six experts discuss the changes in educational assessment using digital technology. Examples are also given based on current SURF projects and good practices.

  • Thematic issue 'Open and online education – Assessment in open and online education edition' download

    Knowledge base - This thematic issue contains articles and intermezzos on the topic 'Assessment in open and online education'. SURF is publishing this thematic issue in close collaboration with the Open Education and Digital Assessment special interest groups.

  • Impact Assessment Report 'Digital testing: opportunities for higher education' download

    Knowledge base - This impact assessment report offers insight into digital testing based on the experience gained under the Testing and Test-Driven Learning programme (2010-2014). In short: collaboration on digital testing enhances the quality of testing in a variety of ways. Moreover digital testing seemingly contributes to learning achievements.

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    Conclusions and results of ‘Conscious and competent testing’ project download

    Knowledge base - The ‘Conscious and competent testing’ project developed a self-assessment tool for test knowledge. It also researched the effect of the tool on the test knowledge of teacher trainers. The research showed that the self-assessment tool can contribute to improved test knowledge.

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    Conclusions and results of ‘New score rule for digital testing’ project download

    Knowledge base - The High Speed High Stakes (HSHS) score rule increases the validity of digital testing of skills such as statistics. The rule ensures that response times are included in the score. The ‘New score rule for digital testing’ project has shown that after practising a few times, students are very capable of applying the score rule.

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    Conclusions and results of the SCALA (Scaffolding Assessment for LeArning) project download

    Knowledge base - Using digital means to provide feedback and assess students' work helps keep the workload of lecturers manageable without compromising the quality of the assessments. This is particularly true when the initial investments required have been made and the methodology is repeated. That is the conclusion of studies carried out in SURF's SCALA project.

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    Scientific publications on student feedback download

    Knowledge base - Data from the ONBETWIST SURF project have been used in a range of studies, the results of which have appeared in a number of journal articles. All studies have shown that digital testing is an essential component in providing direct feedback to students.

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    Test Analysis Tool – analysis software for test specialists download

    Knowledge base - The Test Analysis Tool (part of the qDNA tool) analyses the quality of tests and individual test items. The tool provides psychometric data that can be used by assessment specialists to evaluate and modify tests.

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    Tool: That's the Quest!on – for effective test questions download

    Knowledge base - That's the Quest!on is an online tool (part of qDNA) that supports both new and experienced lecturers in the creation of effective test questions.

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    Tool: Stevie – Statistical Test Evaluation for Everyone download

    Knowledge base - Stevie, or 'Statistical Test Evaluation for Everyone', is an online tool (part of qDNA) that helps lecturers who have a limited knowledge of statistics to interpret the psychometric data gathered on their tests.

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    SOAP tool: test preparation for students and lecturers download

    Knowledge base - The Self-Organizing Assessment Program, or SOAP, is a free web-based tool designed to help both students and lecturers prepare for tests.