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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. 19th, 2009 12:50 am (UTC)
The future of CALL
CALL and technology for education are all superior ideas; immediate access to information, quality of presentation,quantification of information and everything readily accesible at a push of a button cannot get higher praise. This can only mean signaling to better things. Technology, since the dawn of man, always comes late...like progress. Everything that we have seen so far is leading us to a great deal of excitement in the years to come.
It is something very hard to escape from.
As of now, I can only attest to what I have experienced. I am pretty sure that people, society and the educational systems are more than happy to accept it. Of course, districts are not directly and immediately responsive to the latest technological crazes. It would take either a considerable amount of budget available (we hope so!) or drastic changes in our economy to
make the inaccesibly expensive available for a few cents. At the risk of sounding pessimistic, I can say these changes will not overnight. Like I said, progress can be slow. Everything is privy for changes: teachers and administrators will be demanded to become more computer-savvy, not to mention
our children. Who knows? Children are certainly more attuned and interested in showing-off their expertise. CALL can make education could become kid stuff (no pun intended). Great things will certainly be part our father; I can only hope it is in the best interest of education. CALL participants in the future may certainly benefit of it. For those who didn't grow up with CALL, we would be equally marveled and shocked of how things have changed. For better or worse? CALL is still in its earliest stages. Time and students will be the judges.


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