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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 08:31 pm (UTC)
Well, let's be realistic. New technology tends to expensive and although I don't know what the exact cost is, I do know that many schools are simply not able to afford it, and even if the schools are able to come up with enough money to purchase some type of new technology, being able to keep up with it will be a whole different issue. Therefore, I believe that the cost of technology affects CALL, as well as computer-assessment development in a negative way.
Based on my experience as a student, I have noticed that many teachers do not take advantage of all the tools they have access to. I don't know if this is due to a lack of training or if it's a personal choice, but I think the main reason is because they think that students might find it easier to cheat on assignments or tests if everything is done online.
I personally believe that CALL is going to become much stronger in the future and I plan to use it when I teach.


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