25 April 2018
Lancaster University and Trinity College London have won the Award for Best Research at this year's International e-Assessment Awards.

Trinity and research partners Dr Tineke Brunfaut and Dr Luke Harding from the Department of Linguistics and English Language at Lancaster University won the award for a joint comparison study looking into paper and online versions of Trinity's Integrated Skills in English Reading and Writing exam module.

The research explored whether it makes a difference if English language learners do the test on paper or on a computer. The study showed that the answer is yes. Learners are more positive about taking computer-based writing tests, even if there might sometimes be a small effect on their scores. An open-access article based on the research can be found here: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.asw.2018.02.003

The award is a great demonstration of fruitful collaboration between researchers and practitioners. 

Chairman of The e-Assessment Association, Matt Wingfield, explained: “The Awards were launched in 2017 to shine a light on those who are making a positive contribution to the sector and promote awareness of the progress being made. The Awards programme helps to highlight the benefits that technology brings to assessment at all levels, particularly in delivering better learning and assessment, rather than just greater efficiency.”

The winners were announced at a gala dinner in London on 18 April 2018