The UOC leads the European TeSLA (Adaptive Trust-based e-assessment System for Learning) research and innovation project. The aim is to define and develop an e-assessment system that can authenticate students' identities and verify the authorship of learning activities (exams, exercises, etc) in e-learning environments.
The main cutting-edge technologies applied to and integrated in learning that make this possible are facial, voice and keyboard pattern recognition and anti-plagiarism tools, among others.
Alongside the teaching and learning processes, the project is also working across disciplines to cover the ethical, technological and legal aspects arising, such as data protection. Two versions of the e-assessment system will be made available: a standard free version for educational institutions and a professional, commercial version that will be marketed internationally.
A project of international importance
The project has received funding from the Horizon 2020 European framework programme- a three-year programme with a budget of over 7 million euros. The UOC has obtained funding for the TeSLA project through a competitive call in which only five projects from the forty-seven that applied were successful. The TeSLA consortium is made up of eighteen expert organizations, including eight universities (Open University of the Netherlands - Welten Institute, Netherlands; Sofia University and Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria; Institute of Educational Technology, Open University, UK; Telecom Bretagne, France; Anadolu University, Turkey, and University of Jyvaskyla and Open University, Finland), three quality agencies (Catalan University Quality Assurance Agency, Spain; European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education AISBL, Belgium; European Quality Assurance Network for Informatics Education EV, Germany), four research centres (University of Namur, Belgium; National Institute of Astrophysics, Optics and Electronics, Mexico; IDIAP Research Institute Foundation, Switzerland; Imperial College London, UK) and three tech companies (LPLUS GmbH, Germany; Protos Sistemas de Información, Spain; Watchful, Portugal).
In total, a team of some eighty professionals will take part and there will be a year and a half of large-scale pilot testing involving more than 14,000 students across Europe.
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