Inspera proof of concept: exploring integrated assessment

About the Project

For the academic year 2022/23, UWE will be undertaking a limited trial of an integrated assessment system called Inspera. The Proof of Concept Project is part of the Transforming Assessment workstream and aims to investigate more accessible, more inclusive, and more authentic forms of assessment.

The project team will be looking at how an integrated assessment platform can bring all aspects of formative and summative assessment into the same space, from planning to design, delivery and marking in one platform. Our aim is to find out if Inspera, or a similar assessment platform,  offers a significant improvement to the assessment experience at UWE.

What is Inspera?

Inspera is a cloud-based assessment platform and can be used for both formative and summative assessment.   The built-in question authoring tool permits users to create and store questions in question sets, which can be shared with other users. It contains both automatically and manually marked question types, including the options to write essays and code directly into the system.

While powerful, it is simple to use and supports single sign-on (SSO) and Blackboard LTI integrations. This will allow us to work seamlessly within our existing systems and present a familiar experience to users. We will also be testing how the system can pass grades to our ISIS system to record summative assessments. The platform is accessibility support compliant with leading industry standards and will also be set up with integration to Turnitin, for plagiarism detection.

Inspera is capable of running high stakes exams, online proctoring using secure browsers and biometric ID checking, however for data processing reasons we are leaving this out of scope for the proof of concept.

Can I get involved?

Yes – all members of staff can sign up for an Inspera account, however you would only be able to use it with students if your module is a part of the proof of concept trial.

Who is taking part?

The proof of concept will include licences for 1000 students to use the system for assessment in the academic year 2022/23. These licences will be split between what is currently the Faculty of Business and Law and Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education, however if a strong enough case comes in from other parts of the university and there are spare licences, we would be happy to discuss this further.

For more information or if you would like to have a look at what Inspera can do, please contact:
For FBLGlenn Duckworth
For EducationClay Johnson
For the rest of ACE and any other facultyHelga Gunnarsdottir