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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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loula_1983
Apr. 22nd, 2009 05:31 pm (UTC)
Maria's Response
Hello,
There have been many advances in computer assessment development such as TOFL IBT. So I don't think that cost is a factor in it's development. However, I do feel that cost does affect CALL in general. Many schools do not have the access to computers because schools do not have enough funds. So even if teachers are trained in CALL they will not be able to apply those practices if the school does not have the money for computers. For your next question I feel that school systems do need improvement in providing adequate training for teacheres in CALL. I remember observin a third grade class during thier computer lab time and the teacher just left the students to work on their own. THey were restricted to the sites they could go to but most students just played games on cartoon net work. Now that I think about everything I have learned there is so much the teacher could have done like a webquest or a internet research project in groups. If the teacher had training in CALL she would have been able to make more productive use of her time and help students learn with computers and not just use it as a game. CALL is very important because it is the future. Everyday students are faced with technology and in higher education they are expected to use it in their learning. Thus, teachers should be trained in CALL so they can give students the opportunity to learn with computers since they will need it as they continue thier education.
Maria

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