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The term e-assessment is a consequence of the information and communications technology (ICT) revolution in education and society in general. It is a reflection of the impact that educational and learning technologies have had upon the education system, including the need to rethink approaches to curriculum and assessment policy. Laurillard anticipated this impact in 1993, stating that ‘new technology changes both the curriculum and the way content is known. If assessment is to match what students have learned, it is likely that assessment requirements and standards will change’ (1993: 247).

Nicol (2007b) argues that ‘there is a growing interest in the use of computers to streamline the ...

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