University of London & Bloomsbury Learning Environment Contribute to Sector-Wide Conversation on Technology in Education

Monday, October 23, 2017 08:00

Valentina Martinelli by Valentina Martinelli

Educators will now have a valuable insight into the way technology can enhance assessment and feedback thanks to a new e-book from the Bloomsbury Learning Environment (BLE).

Our partner BLE is a shared e-learning service for Birkbeck College, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, the Royal Veterinary College, SOAS, the Institute of Education (UCL), which CoSector is proud to count amongst its clients.


Sarah Sherman of the BLE Consortium and Leo Havemann of Birkbeck College have co-edited the e-book, which contains three research papers capturing snapshots of current practice and including specific examples of practice at the BLE partner institutions from which broad recommendations have been drawn to help inform wider practice.

These papers focus on:

  • The use of technology across the assessment lifecycle
  • The roles played by administrative staff in assessment processes
  • Technology-supported assessment in distance learning

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AssFeedSarLeo2017c-coffeering&hand[1]-page-001.jpgFront cover of the new e-book jointly edited by Sarah Sherman and Leo Havemann

The e-book also contains 21 case studies of digital assessment and feedback practices from across the BLE consortium to give insight into the adoption of particular tools, and the associated benefits and challenges. These are complemented by three further case studies outlining technical development, which have been undertaken locally to support or enhance aspects of practice.

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Sarah Sherman, BLE Service Manager, said: “We are delighted to have published the results of this excellent joint research project conducted between the BLE and its partners. We believe this research will provide extensive insight into how new technologies can help build upon current practices of assessment and feedback.”

The e-book will be formally launched at a special event on Thursday 26th October, but is now available for download from


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