2012 Winners

Scottish e-Assessment Awards 2012The Scottish e-Assessment Awards, launched in 2009, recognise excellence and innovation in using e-Assessment to improve the educational experience of learners. The Awards are open to entrants who have developed products/processes in Scotland, or are using products/processes within a Scottish organisation.

Organised by the UK’s e-Assessment Assocation in partnership with Soffed, the Awards are offered in the following categories:

In 2012, we celebrated winners in the following categories:

  1. Formative e-Assessment
  2. Facilitating e-Assessment
  3. e-Portfolio
  4. Lifelong Achievement


The following criteria was used by the judges to guide them in the evaluation of submitted entries:


The judges assessed entries against a range of features, such as:

  • clear guidance, with examples, on how the assessments contribute to learning and teaching
  • a range of actions, following an assessment, providing positive links to the next stage of learning
  • opportunities for learners and teachers to use the outcomes of assessments to structure learning in a consistent way
  • a close match between the nature of the challenge to the learner and the learning objectives covered in the content
  • evidence that the objectives are attainable at each step, but cumulatively challenging enough to offer concrete learning development
  • encouragement for learners to demonstrate understanding and achievement in original ways possibly not available in traditional learning materials
The judges assessed entries against a range of features, such as:

  • evidence of a coherent overall design strategy
  • prompt and sufficiently detailed feedback to learner actions during the assessment to sustain learner interest
  • if designed to be adaptive, evidence of adaptability, flexible access and opportunities to support personalised learning – is feedback tailored to individual users?
  • motivational screen design appropriate to the intended audience easy navigation and clear indexing
  • appropriate feedback and outcomes which positively contribute to learning and teaching
When assessing your entry, the judges favoured products which could be used in both mainstream and special educational needs settings, with a clear emphasis on how the assessment instrument supported inclusive practice.

The judges assessed entries against a range of features, such as:

  • e-Assessment matched to a range of learning styles, together with adaptability and flexibility where appropriate
  • accessibility by a wide range of users
  • the potential to enhance the learning experience by customising features – e.g. alternative formats, audio options, or adjustable text size
  • strong support for learner autonomy through variation of pace or differentiation of tasks
  • evidence that the instrument addresses user diversity, avoiding bias and stereotyping
The judges assessed entries against a range of features, such as:

  • use of ICT to offer new opportunities for engaging and motivating learners
  • ways of recording learner achievement that promote motivation
  • effective feedback mechanisms that stimulate and maintain learner interest
  • sophisticated feedback, addressing learners’ misconceptions, together with proposals for appropriate remedial action
  • opportunities for building confidence and self-esteem