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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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manmantx
Apr. 16th, 2009 05:01 pm (UTC)
Hi there. You make a very good point. Technology incurrs in cost not only in the software and hardware itfels, but also in construction, proper outlets, and wiring as well as electricity. I agree with you that for Universities, technology is not necessarily a factor. However, training it is. I have had the same or similar experiences as you where professors do NOT know how to use basic technology. Now, who's responsibility is to learn, the University's or the professor? Perhaps both. Also, although students in the University pay the same for technology, not all departments have the same technology available to them. For example, when i was in the Spanish department, we had the worse classrooms, with a manual projector and that's it. This while the education department had all kinds of new stuff that I was not even aware we had at the University.

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