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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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esther_harris
Apr. 20th, 2009 02:58 am (UTC)
FINAL REFLEXION
I agree with your comment that the teacher should be properly trained and that they should take advantage of the techonology available. The cost of technology, I have to say, it is probably expensive. Now, the cost of technology may affect computer-assessment development, but I think it is important to research and develop new ideas and new ways to improve the learning process.

I'm not sure if all the schools offer the proper training to teachers in technology, but I think it is important to consider that the use of technology should be part of the teaching curriculum. I know in our department may get better in the near future, but at the present time you are on your own if you want to use technology. I know the cost of technology can be expensive, but I believe it is important for the CALL researchers to continue and develope tools that may revolutionize the language learning process. I believe there is always something to discover in every field.



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