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Advantages and disadvantages of e-assessment and a partially-automated approach

College of Arts and Science 2nd Annual Learning and Teaching Conference, Nottingham Trent University (18/01/2013).

A review of literature and a survey of lecturers' views leads to an evaluation of the advantages that may be accessed by e-assessment and other assessment methods for mathematics, and their consequent disadvantages. Traditional paper assessment is easy to set, accesses the whole syllabus and can provide open-ended questions to probe deep learning, but is not open to easy randomisation and marking and feedback are slow. E-assessment offers quick marking and feedback and randomisation, but can be harder to set and may be limited in the range of questions. A novel, hybrid approach is suggested and trialled.