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Online Assessment and Final Reflexions

Chapelle-Douglas (2006) talks about the importance of technology in language assessment and its future. It is explained that developing assessment is important because this will help students develop strategies for self-assessment. However, teachers need to be aware on how to evaluate an assessment to ensure proper validity and reliability. Teachers can develop their own assessments to reflect the materials that were taught in class. In my opinion, schools need to invest not only in technology, but also in training so that teachers can receive proper training to take advantage of the available technology. There are many factors to consider not only about the development of assessments but of the use of Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) in general. In this context, how do you think the cost of technology affects computer-assessment development? How do you think the cost of technology affects CALL in general? Do the school systems offer adequate training to teachers to fully take advantage of available technology for teaching and assessment? Finally, can you give your insight about CALL and its importance?

Lorenzo Manzano
 

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maracucha_mama
Apr. 14th, 2009 07:44 pm (UTC)
Final Reflections
Those are a lot of questions! I am not familiar with the costs involved for either the hardware or the software when schools purchase these for educational purposes, so I cannot comment on this aspect, although I'm sure cost is often a limiting factor. As an ESL teacher in training, I would like to see more emphasis in the assessment class taught here at UTSA on how to create effective assessments using technology. I felt the assessment class spent lots of time considering the social impact of high-stakes standardized tests and not enough on the nuts and bolts of creating good tests, and no time at all was spent on using technology to do this. With most of my classes (including and especially CALL) I have felt that we are scratching the surface of each area being considered. Of course no one wants our degree program to become even longer, so I do hope that ongoing educational opportunities after graduation will be readily available, rich in content, and not too expensive to obtain.
manmantx
Apr. 16th, 2009 04:51 pm (UTC)
Re: Final Reflections
Do you think the cost of technology and how it affects each school is irrelevant? Would it be helpful to find ways to make not only technology but training available to educators and find ways to finance it? What do you think? Technology is great and necessary. But what happens with schools that do not have access to all available technology?

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