eAssessment project has transitioned to Business as Usual (BAU). This follows a staged pilot and rollout of Inspera Assessment at UQ.

The initial aim of the eAssessment project was to identify digital assessment options that facilitate improved assessment practices and address existing administrative issues.

A key component of this assessment transformation process was the selection and deployment of a centrally-supported online assessment solution, available to all schools and faculties as required, that aligned with the majority of student and staff requirements and integrates seamlessly into the existing information technology infrastructure of the University.

Following extensive market research and procurement activities, Inspera Assessment was selected as the preferred assessment solution in 2019. After successful pilot and rollout semesters since 2020, Inspera Assessment is being operationalised across UQ.

Transition plan Abridged transition plan Embedded Support document

Key project milestones

The eAssessment project commenced in February 2018. Since that time, extensive engagement activities have been conducted with every school and faculty across the University. Key UQ community stakeholders including students, space management, Central Examinations and Information Technology Services have also provided feedback to the eAssessment project team. In excess of 300 functional and non-functional requirements were identified as a result of these consultations which were outlined in the Business Requirements Specifications document.

Comprehensive market research and expression of interest processes helped to identify and assess 46 possible solutions. Four solutions were shortlisted as the most likely to meet the needs of the University. The eAssessment Steering Committee endorsed their direct invitations to a Limited Invitation to Offer (ITO) tender. 

As part of the Invitation to Offer, the project invited the UQ community to participate in a range of engagement activities, where they provided invaluable feedback on the four shortlisted solutions. Based on the staff and student community feedback, supplier responses, and solution tested – Inspera Assessment was selected as UQ’s university-wide digital assessment platform. An initial Inspera Assessment pilot was undertaken in Semester 2 2020, and an extended pilot in Semester 1 2021. A school-based gradual rollout followed from Semester 2 2021

Stage 1 (Jul–Sep 2019): Internal engagement/consultation, market research and procurement

  1. Initial UQ community engagement and consultation (Jul–Aug 2018)
  2. Development of Business Requirements Specifications document (Aug–Sep 2018)
  3. Continued UQ community engagement meetings (Sep–Oct 2018)
  4. Market scan (Sep–Dec 2018)
  5. Formal solution demonstrations (Dec 2018–Jan 2019) 
  6. Market evaluation report developed (Jan–Feb 2019)
  7. Recommendations and endorsement of solutions to Invitation to Offer (ITO) (Feb–Mar 2019)
  8. Invitation to Offer open (Jun–Jul 2019)
  9. Invitation to Offer solution testing (Jul–Sep 2019)
  10. Invitation to Offer UQ community consultation (Aug–Sep 2019).

Stage 2 (Jul 2020–Jun 2021): Initial and extended pilot semesters

Stage 2 (Jul 2020–Jun 2021): Initial and extended pilot semesters

  1. Initial Pilot (Jul–Dec 2020)
  2. Extended Pilot (Jan–Jun 2021)
  • Piloting on-campus invigilated high stakes exams with Inspera Assessment, including InsperaScan (bulk upload of paper-based questions in hybrid digital/paper exams)
  • Transitioning Tier 1 student support to the UQ Library AskUs team
  • Developing a support model that offers course coordinators comprehensive assessment redesign support while also enabling them to become largely self-sufficient to use Inspera. 

Stage 3 (Jul 2021–Jul 2022): Gradual roll-out

  1. School-based rollout (Jul–Dec 2021)
  2. Inspera Pilot Evaluation Report (November 2021)
  3. TLC endorsed recommendations from Inspera Pilot Evaluation Report (May 2022)
  4. UQ Library AskUs Tech Trainer team provided to deliver familiarisation workshops and Safe Exam Browser preparation sessions for students  
  5. UQ Library AskUs support services provided to support students 
  6. eLearning team engaged to provide technological support for staff.

Stage 4 (Jul 2022–current): Operationalisation of Inspera

  1. Piloting Inspera Exam Portal for off-campus supervised exams (“record and review”) (Jan–Dec 2022)
  2. Establishment of staffing model (including recruitment and training) to provide in-room technological support to students for on-campus exams (July 2022 – current)
  3. Transitioning Inspera to an operationalised model. (July 2022 - current)
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Staff and student engagement

Staff engagement

Staff have engaged in all milestones of the eAssessment project, including the iterative process of requirements gathering, participating in activities and providing invaluable feedback during the procurement, pilot and roll-out phases. Staff continue to be involved by providing valuable advice to the project through various governance avenues.
Student engagement

Student engagement

Students have been an integral part of the eAssessment project and form the largest Inspera Assessment user group. Student representatives contribute to the eAssessment project by providing a voice to the student body’s concerns in Working Group proceedings. Student Partners have also worked within the eAssessment team co-creating student support resources and seeking student feedback (e.g. surveys, focus groups), so the needs of students inform the project. During the Invitation to Offer the Student Partners organised an event that gave students the opportunity to explore and provide feedback on the potential online digital assessment solution, see more in this video.

Student Partners have also been instrumental in creating a demonstration test and video to introduce students participating in the Inspera pilot to the platform. 

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Project team and governance

  • Manager, Digital Assessment: Jacqueline Lynagh
  • Learning Designers: Dale Hansen, Jacinta Lisec, Tanya Henry, Dr. Luke Zaphir, Dom McGrath
  • Senior Project Officer: Sass Smith
  • Project Coordinator: S. M. Qasim Ahsan
  • Student Representative: Daniel Chancellor

The eAssessment project is governed by stakeholders from across the University. The responsibilities and membership of each group are as follows.


Sponsors Meeting

To identify and discuss any risks, concerns or questions regarding the progress of the project. 

Professor Karen Benson

Jacqui Lynagh

Dr Greg Winslett

Digital Learning Program Management Steering Committee

To ensure that UQ’s digital infrastructure capability is fit for purpose and funded to meet the 2032 ambition of UQ’s Strategic Plan (i.e. "to develop a digital and personalised experience that evolves to meet changing student and industry expectations and is at the forefront of pedagogies, assessment and analytics").

Professor Doune Macdonald (Chair)

Belinda Benes (Secretary)

Professor Karen Benson

Karyn Burger

Professor Pauline Ford

Daniel Goninon

Margot ten Have

Cordelia Jackson

Professor Lydia Kavanagh

Helen Morahan

A/Prof Liza O'Moore

Rowan Salt

Paul Sheeran

Caroline Williams

Dr Greg Winslett

Digital Assessment Working GroupThe Digital Assessment Working Group is responsible for overseeing the rollout of the preferred electronic assessment platform which facilitates improved pedagogical practices and addresses existing administrative issues at UQ.

Professor Karen Benson (Chair) 

Professor Doune Macdonald 

Professor Lydia Kavanagh 

Helen Morahan

Dr Greg Winslett 

Tabetha Bozin 

Kathleen Smeaton (or Jeff Cruz) 

Dr Amy Hubbell 

Dr Rachel Fitzgerald 

Dr Susannah Brady 

James Hardy 

Stephen Gillard 

Daniel Chancellor (student representative) 

Jacqueline Lynagh 

Lynette Dawson (Secretary) 

S. M. Qasim Ahsan (Secretary) 

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Inspera Assessment

Inspera Assessment is now available across UQ (after an expression of interest process). We encourage you to explore this new platform and decide whether it would suit your assessment needs.

Learn more about Inspera Assessment