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Assessment is one of the major challenges for higher education today. This is
partly because it traditionally squares the desire for improved constructivist
learning against the demand for institutional reliability and accountability. The
call for a pedagogically-driven model for e-Assessment was acknowledged as
part of a vision for teaching and learning in 2014 (Whitelock and Brasher
2006). Experts believe that such a model will allow students in Higher
Education to take more control of their learning and hence become more
reflective. These are indeed laudable aims but how can they be implemented
One of the problems with tutor feedback to students is that a balanced
combination of socio-emotive and cognitive support is required from the
teaching staff, and the feedback needs to be relevant to the assigned grade.
Is it possible to capitalise on technology to build training systems for tutors in
Higher Education, that will support them with their feedback to students, and
which will encourage their students to become more reflective learners?