Welcome to the Dewis e-Assessment System

This web page is aimed at those that have yet to use Dewis and who wish to know more about this e-Assessment system.

The Dewis system has been designed and developed by a team of of Mathematicians, Statisticians and Software Engineers at the University of the West of England, Bristol (UWE). It is a e-Assessment system initially designed for the assessment of Mathematics and Statistics but which can also be used in other subject fields.

At UWE, Dewis has been used for both a formative and summative e-assessments across a number of modules, delivered to students in awards in the fields of Business, Computer Science, Nursing, Software Engineering, Engineering and Mathematics and Statistics.

•  The Motivation behind Dewis
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The creation of the system was in direct response to the shortcomings of other e-Assessment systems used previously in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics over the past two decades. The following list of requirements were fundamental to the creation and subsequent development of Dewis. We required as system that:

•   is independent of commercial software due to previous difficulties with licences, support and version upgrades;

•   is robust and efficient with performance mostly independent of the client's machine or browser;

•   is flexible to support and encourage UWE-based innovation in e-assessments;

•   supports a fully algorithmic approach to question generation, marking and feedback;

•   for which academics can easily write and manage their own question code;

•   employs a lossless data principle:

○  which, in conjunction with a complete Reporter, allows for detailed analysis of all assessment attempts. This is particularly important for summative e-assessments where we wanted to eliminate the 'have another go' culture.

○   which supports the process of assessment evaluation for the purposes of pedagogic research.

•   A system that is easily portable to other departments, faculties, universities.

Key Features

The key features of Dewis arose from both the requirements eminating from the motivation behind Dewis and also by system requirements drawn up by academics at UWE. These academics have had extensive experience of using various e-Assessment systems across a broad field of subjects.

Here we supply a brief summary of what we consider to be the key features of Dewis:

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