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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


Apr. 18th, 2009 07:46 pm (UTC)
My Final Repsonse YES!
To answer the first question cost affects computer assessment development because I think there are many steps and people needed to get to the final product, which is the assessment. There has to be the teacher, the computer programmer to name a few. Then it has to be tested for validity and realiability. I think of that example Dr. Sauro mentioned in class about the computer based TOEFL and all the malfunctions it had before it really got up and was running. Now to the second question, well cost of technology affects CALL because access and availability are not always there. And also it depends on what kind techonolgy you as thet teacher want to use in your class. This takes planning and consideration of your students technology abiiities. Now to the third question Yes school systems offer adequate training to teachers to fully take advantage of available technology for teaching and assessment, but they key is that as teacher we are not offered time to implement this new form of technology into our classrooms. The training is always offered in my school district but the dilemna I always have is that I don't have time to plan with or to use it. Finally, the last question my insight about CALL and it's importance. It is important to know about CALL and how to implement. But the key for me and what I got out of this class is that it all depends on who the audience is. If you know your student are technology savy and surf the web and have all those other skills then my by all means incorporate and plan to use. BUT if you are working with students that don't have any of those skills then I see no need for it and you as teacher will plan and develop lessons that meet the need of your students. As teacher it is good to know CALL practices and know how to implement them into classroom and that is another thing I got from this class. Thanks all you have been great classmates Abby,


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