Technology for assessments

Assessments and exams are used to measure study progress and overall academic performance. Formative assessment provides ongoing feedback through the semester, to help students identify their strengths and weaknesses and target areas that need work, and to help teachers recognise where students are struggling and address any problem areas. High stakes summative assessment is used to evaluate student learning at the end of semester. 

Most Wattle activities can be used in assessment. Formative assessment employs tools that focus on feedback and responding to feedback. In summative assessment, where there is particular concern to assure adherence to academic integrity, Turnitin and Wattle Quizzes with Proctorio are particularly useful. 

More information on Feedback for Learning 


Turnitin is a text-matching service that is designed to educate students regarding appropriate citation and referencing techniques. Turnitin is also used to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity.  

The use of Turnitin for academic staff is outlined in ANU Student Assessment (Coursework) policy. Please refer to Assessment Task Submission for the use of the University approved text-matching software (Turnitin).  

Turnitin Feedback Studio provides a simplified interface in which academics can do grading and provide feedback to students about their assignments quickly and easily. 

Support content on Turnitin in the Wattle context 

Wattle Quizzes for assessment 

Wattle Quizzes are a great way to provide formative assessment to gauge how students are faring and summative assessment to count towards final grades. Wattle quizzes have many settings, options and question types to suit the purpose.  

Support content on how to use Wattle Quizzes 

Proctorio for online proctored assessment 

Proctorio uses AI to offer monitored remote exams, it has a continuum of limitations that can be set by the examiner to secure the remote exam.   

Proctorio recordings are securely stored and only accessed by the academics in the specific course, EGAP Proctors and, if there are concerns regarding academic misconduct, the responsible College staff member as outlined in the Privacy Impact Assessment completed by ANU. The recordings are deleted once course results are finalised.  

More information on Proctorio for ANU Staff 

Advantages Limitations
  • Students know there are exam restrictions which leads to reduced academic misconduct 

  • Proctorio settings can be adjusted from minimum (student identity verification) to maximum verification (locked down machine and recording students environment) according to the needs of the exam 

  • You can adjust the weight of behaviour settings and then review individual recordings to see what caused flagged behaviour (i.e.  student doing exam in a public space) 

  • Allows large numbers of students to take exam concurrently with identity verification by EGAP staff and invigilation recording options 

  • Creates a record of internet or other issues that occur during the exam that can be used by students to demonstrate the need for special consideration 

  • Cannot prevent all academic misconduct or guarantee security of  exam questions 

  • Student network/computer issues increased student stress during the exam

  • Lecturers cannot be asked questions or broadcast answers during the exam 

  • Students need to do a Proctorio practice exam with settings matching the exam to ensure their device will be compatible 

  • Increased stress during exam due to  privacy concerns