Handbook of Research on E-Assessment in Higher Education


IMPORTANT DATES July 15, 2017: Proposal Submission Deadline  July 25, 2017: Notification of Acceptance  November 15, 2017: Full Chapter Submission  January 15, 2018: Review Results Returned  February 28, 2018: Final Acceptance Notification  March 15, 2018: Final Chapter Submission


Ana Azevedo, CEOS.PP-ISCAP/IPP, aazevedo@iscap.ipp.pt  José Azevedo, CEOS.PP-ISCAP/IPP, jazevedo@iscap.ipp.pt 


Assessment profoundly influences the motivation of those who learn, shapes their perspectives about learning and therefore plays a key role in the educational process. The introduction of different assessment systems has important impacts throughout the educational process (Botički & Milašinović, 2008; Brown, 2001; Bull & Danson, 2001; Frankland, 2007; Garfield & Ben-Zvi, 2008; Holmes, 2015; Jacob, Issac, & Sebastian, 2006; Jarvis, Holford, & Griffin, 2003; JISC, 2007; Redecker & Johannessen, 2013; Scouller, 1998; Smith et al., 1996; Stödberg, 2012; Wild, Triggs, & Pfannkuch, 1997). In the last years, the emergence of a new paradigm valuing the student as the central subject in the construction of their learning, requires new pedagogical approaches, and diversified methods (Botički & Milašinović, 2008; Llamas-Nistal, Fernández-Iglesias, González-Tato, & Mikic-Fonte, 2013; Mora, Sancho-Bru, Iserte, & Sánchez, 2012; Rod, Eiksund, & Fjaer, 2010). According to Redecker e Johannessen (2013), changes in pedagogical practices and in the learning processes can only happen when also changing assessment.

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) place challenges and at the same time offer teachers tools to create differentiated learning opportunities for students. The use of ICT in the assessment process is thus unavoidable, through electronic assessment, or e-assessment. In this case, ICT is used throughout the evaluation process from the design of the tests to the storage of the results (Stödberg, 2012). One possible approach is to develop specific environments for this purpose (Botički & Milašinović, 2008; Dascalu & Bodea, 2010; Llamas-Nistal et al., 2013). Another approach is the use of the so-called Learning Management Systems (LMS) (Burrow, Evdorides, Hallam, & Freer-hewish, 2005; Salas-Morera, Cubero-Atienza, Redel-Macías, Arauzo-Azofra, & García-Hernández, 2012). LMS have the advantage of providing a vast set of tools specifically designed for the implementation of e-assessment. Among these tools we emphasize the quizzes, which can encompass several types of questions, such as multiple-choice, true/false, item matching, short answer, among others.

Considering its purpose, assessment may be formative and/or summative, or diagnostic (Jacob et al., 2006; Redecker & Johannessen, 2013; Stödberg, 2012) (Jacob et al., 2006; Redecker & Johannessen, 2013; Stödberg, 2012). In relevant scientific studies about this topic, it was found that the use of formative evaluation or of both types, formative and summative simultaneously, is more common than the use of summative evaluation alone (Stödberg, 2012). E-assessment can be useful and can bring benefits to both types of assessment, formative and summative (Bull & Danson, 2001; McAlpine, 2002).Assessment can also be continuous. E-assessment “can provide a powerful means of continuous assessment, providing rapid and detailed feedback to students and academics about the learning process.” (McAlpine, 2002, p. 8).

Stödberg (2012) presents a study in which e-assessment task were classified in five categories namely: (i) closed questions, such as multiple-choice questions and matching, (ii) open-ended questions, (iii) portfolio, (iv) product, such as software, and (v) discussions between students.  There are applications of e-assessment in diverse areas such as geography (Holmes, 2015; Rod et al., 2010; Wilson, Boyd, Chen, & Jamal, 2011), management (Jacob et al., 2006), chemistry (Sorensen, 2013), medicine (Harris et al., 2015), engineering (Botički & Milašinović, 2008; Burrow et al., 2005; Jacob et al., 2006; Moscinska & Rutkowski, 2012) , and Mathematics (Acosta-Gonzaga & Walet, 2013; Blanco & Ginovart, 2012; Ferrão, 2010; Gruttmann, Böhm, & Kuchen, 2008; Hauk, Powers, & Segalla, 2015; Mathai & Olsen, 2013).

Historically, assessment in higher education consisted in the application of final exams for each of the courses, the so-called final assessment. In Europe, the Bologna process points out to another type of assessment, encompassing diverse forms of assessments carried out during the semester/academic year, the so-called continuous assessment. E-assessment plays an important paper in this context, and has nowadays a growing importance in Higher Education, not only in Europe, but around the world.


The primary objective of this book is to provide insights concerning the use of e-assessment in Higher Education. This is a cutting-edge and important topic that deserves a reflexion, and this book is an excellent opportunity to do it. The book aims to provide the opportunity for a reflexion on this important issue, increasing the understanding of using e-assessment in the context of several different contexts, providing relevant academic work, empirical research findings, and an overview of this relevant field of study.

Target Audience:

All those that need to assess the teaching-learning process, namely teacher at all levels, from k1-k12 to college. Also professionals in the area of skills certification, managers, researchers, academicians, practitioners, and graduate students, are the target of this book.

Recommended Topics:

Traditional vs e-assessment  E-assessment with portfolios  E-assessment with multiple choice questions and other closed formats  Feedback and e-assessment  E-assessment for e-learning  Analitics and e-assessment  Adaptive systems and e-assessment  E-assessment hardware and software  E-assessment tools, applications, and portals  Other topics of interest

Submission Procedure:

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before July 15, 2017, a chapter proposal of 1,000 to 2,000 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors will be notified by July 25,2017 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by November 15, 2017, and all interested authors must consult the guidelines for manuscript submissions athttp://www.igi-global.com/publish/contributor-resources/before-you-write/ prior to submission. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.  Note: There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication, Trust in Knowledge Management and Systems in Organizations. All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process.

All proposals should be submitted through the eEditorial Discovery®TM online submission manager.


This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the “Information Science Reference” (formerly Idea Group Reference), “Medical Information Science Reference,” “Business Science Reference,” and “Engineering Science Reference” imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit www.igi-global.com. This publication is anticipated to be released in 2018.


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