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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 01:17 am (UTC)
In order to be able to perceive the whole "picture" of computerized assessment, one needs to be able to understand and define the key concepts mentioned in the prompt. Thus: assessment has a broader meaning than testing. Assessment can be defined as the systematic, iterative process of planning, collecting, analyzing, reporting, and using student data from a variety of sources over time. Assessment offers a much more comprehensive picture of student growth and achievement over time than a test allows.
The concept of reliability recognizes that no test (or testing situation) is free from error, and that these errors result in misrepresenting students’ knowledge and ability. Reliability refers to the consistency with which a test measures whatever it’s measuring, or the extent to which students’ scores on tests are free from errors of measurement.
Validity refers to the accuracy of a test or assessment in measuring what it purports to measure.
As we can see, the concept of "assessment" has a broad meaning and it is developed in a longer period of time, not just a mere test. It is the knowledge a teacher obtains throughout the time about his students' learning abilities, their potential and motivation that lead them to their academic progress. So, we can definitely say that a teacher has a great role and impact on a learner's assessment process and indeed an effective evaluation and a long-term assessment can lead to an effective self-assessment. If the feedback is informative and instructive, with lots of explanations which point down the errors that a learner produces, that particular learner will develop in time his own system of assessment, an informed self-assessment.
To what extent can technology "perceive" those aspects that might be less obvious in determining how effective their learning ability is ( such as motivation, dedication, ability to analyze and synthesize information, perform transfers from one field of study to another), the factors that increase learning abilities in students in contrast with those which prevent them from learning (such as a high affective filter, lack of interest, difficulty in getting focused on a particular task etc.)? These are the fine lines that a teacher is able to track but I am not quite sure to what extent a computer can. Indeed, technology is a wonderful means of evaluation and testing, thus facilitating the teachers' work on the field. Computerized assessment offers many opportunities for innovations in measurement. Computerized assessment can capitalize on the dynamic capabilities of the computer. For example, the difficulty of administered items can be adapted to the ability of the examinee, thus eliminating items that are too hard or too easy. Multimedia computers provide the opportunity to revolutionize testing. Stereo sound, animation, and full-motion video can be incorporated into assessment tools and aid in the measurement of individual differences ranging from musical skills to interpersonal abilities. The use of computer technology and the growing access to educational resources through the Internet are requiring educators to rethink how they teach and to help students to prepare for life and to work in the coming decades. Teachers' technological proficiency is definitely a must nowadays; the advent of the computing age has brought with it a radical disruption of the pedagogical foundations of teachers' work. The need to rethink education in the wake of the technological changes of the last two decades has appeared to be a journey. An innovative new model of professional development has to be created for teachers that acknowledge their need to be continual learners. The more bridges that can be created among teacher training programs, local schools, professional educational research teams, and technology experts, the more steps educators will take on this journey to tomorrow.
Thank you for considering my prompt.
Kind regards,


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