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MAET - Assessment Using Technology

Enrollment in this course is by invitation only

This course introduces learners to types of assessment and explores the ways in which technology is used in assessment at all levels of education. The course reviews the use of Technology in both classroom-level assessment and large-scale assessment. It aims to enable learners to get hands-on experience and to be able to source, adopt and adapt Technology in designing and administering assessments. It also looks at how feedback can be automated and assessments can be adapted to suit learner level to enable assessment as learning (AaL) and for learning (AfL) instead of merely learning (AoL). The course also aims to understand the various ways in which rater differences occur and how technology can be instrumental in reducing biases and ensuring that a certificate, a grade or a mark indicates a normative level of proficiency in a particular education system.

Course Organisation: The course is organised around four units that engage student teachers to reflect and engage with ideas related to assessment and evaluation. An attempt is made to integrate affective experiences with the thinking and reflection on the tools that mediate assessment and evaluation. Suitable tasks within each unit enable structure experiences that unfold the variety of issues associated with the educational constructs widely used.

Unit 1: Overview of Assessment

  • Use of Assessment
  • Focus on Washback Effect
  • Difference between Assessment and Evaluation
  • Assessment as Learning (AaL), Assessment for Learning (AfL) Assessment of Learning (AoL)
  • Types of assessments
  • Mapping Assessment to Taxonomies of Learning
  • Unit 2: Use of Technology in Assessment

  • Impact of disruption in Education such as Covid-19
  • Levels of Technology Use in Assessment: Design, Administering (Monitoring, Reporting, Analysing) Individual
  • Classroom Level
  • Large Scale Assessment
  • Learner Levels and Assessment using Technology
  • Ethical Considerations
  • Unit 3: Automation in Assessment: Tools and Strategies

  • Use of Question Banks
  • Computer-Adaptive Assessment
  • Use of Rubrics
  • Artificial Intelligence in analysis of performance
  • Subjective vs Objective Tests
  • Holistic versus Specific Learning and Assessment
  • Tools and Platforms: OMR sheets to Google Forms to Watson and such
  • Computer vs Mobile: Challenges and Opportunities in Assessment
  • Unit 4: Hands-on Learning Using Technology in Assessment

  • Using Assessment Design Tools
  • Rubrics
  • Administering Assessment using Technology
  • Evaluating Student performance using technology
  • Online manual assessment
  • Automated assessment
  • Reporting Learner Performance
  • This course is by invite only and is accessible only to those who have taken this course as part of the MA Education and Technology programme.

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    Anusha Ramanathan

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    Anusha Ramanathan

    Assistant Professor, Centre of Excellence in Teacher Education, TISS

    Anusha Ramanathan is currently an Assistant Professor (since August 2021) and earlier worked as Curriculum Consultant (2015-21) in the Centre of Excellence in Teacher Education (CETE) formerly known as the Centre for Education, Innovation and Action Research (CEIAR) at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai.

    She is the Academic Coordinator for CETE's Short Term Programmes. She leads TPD English and coordinates the academic aspects of TISSx, an Open edX-based MOOC platform (see She is a Co-Principal Investigator for Connected Learning Initiative (CLIx - See, a UNESCO and OEC award-winning action research initiative funded by Tata Trusts and co-led by TISS and MIT, USA. She is also the Co-PI and Project Director for Chhattisgarh: Accelerated Learning for a Knowledge-Economy with focus on Teacher Professional Development (CHALK-TPD)

    She teaches Language Education, Assessment, Critical Reading and Academic Skills courses across MA Education, BEd-MEd, MA Education for Teacher Educators from Afghanistan programmes. She also designs, develops and facilitates MOOCS and workshops on Assessment, EdTech, Language and Literature, Mentoring Policy and Research.

    She, further, conducts and guides research in the areas of humanities, language and teacher education.

    Anusha has years of teaching experience at UG and PG levels. She teaches and guides students of MA English, Mass Media and MBA across colleges of the University of Mumbai and other universities. She has worked as a research assistant, course coordinator, content writer, editor, teacher trainer and corporate trainer in her career. She is part of several Boards of Studies and Task Forces and Advisory Committees at the state level.

    Her expertise lies in English Language Teaching, English Literature, Assessment and Evaluation, Critical Humanities, technology-based learning and Teacher Professional Development.

    She is the India representative at the Asian Association for Language Assessment (AALA).

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