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Inaugural NFER sponsored E-Assessment Research Award goes to University of Wolverhampton

29 March 2017

Congratulations to the University of Wolverhampton who won the Research Award at the first International e-Assessment Awards held in London on Wednesday 22 March 2017.

The award, which was sponsored by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER), acknowledges the contribution made by an individual or team for innovative research that has, or has the potential to have, a significant impact on e-assessment within a particular stakeholder community or communities.

Claire Hodgson, Research Director in the Centre for Assessment at NFER, presented Donna Lewis from the University of Wolverhampton (Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing) with the prize at the e-Assessment Association’s Gala dinner in London. The awards, organised by the e-Assessment Association, highlight and celebrate the outstanding contributions that technology makes to all forms of assessment and showcase the very best practice, research and innovation. They cover all phases of education; from school, through further and higher education to workplace training and professional exams.

Commenting on the Award, Claire Hodgson said: “We, at NFER, are very pleased to sponsor this award as we value the importance of ensuring that research has a direct impact on its stakeholders. We are particularly keen to encourage e-assessment research that can be used to share good practice as widely as possible and to look for ways to bridge the gap between the research and the practitioners who can make effective use of it.

The winning submission particularly stood out because it identified a gap in current research, presented an outline for making use of a method of e-assessment in a new area and clearly identified the potential impact on the stakeholder community. The research will focus on pre-registration student nurses and will investigate the use of audio feedback to help promote successful learning. As well as having the potential to have a significant impact on the stakeholder community in the nursing sector, all the judges agreed that the research could be of wider importance both within and across sectors. We really look forward to hearing more about the research when the project is complete.”

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