Some Ideas on How to Use Web 2.0 Tools for Alternative Assessment

Apples and oranges... Sometimes we have to adapt! (Photo by Sam Breach - CC License)

As you may have noticed through some of my last posts, assessment is the “apple of my eye”. More accurately, alternative assessment has been my biggest interest in education lately. And not only because it’s how I assess my students at the school where I work, but more importantly because I believe in it and love reading, sharing ideas and discussing benefits and difficults in doing it. I talked about it on a recent post: My (initial) two cents on Assessing Students…

I have recently taken an online course on assessment with the University of Maryland Baltimore County (as part of the E-Teacher Program of the US Department of State) and it just made more curious, excited about the possibilities, and certain it is the way to go. the course gave me more background knowledge on assessment and the path we have been through. Add to that my involvement in social media, online PD, sharing and blogging, not to mention the key role technology has been taking in learning and it becomes impossible not to put them together. So, more and more I’ve been finding ways of incorporating technology in the students’ assessment and especially in using it as a tool to facilitate alternative assessment in ELT.

Last Friday I had a chance to share some of the ideas I’ve had with other teachers as I did the Free Friday Webinar offered by the American Tesol Institute, filling in for Shelly Terrell (thanks for trusting me with it Shelly!). I gave a brief overview of what is alternative assessment and compared it with traditional assessment. Then I shared some tools and ideas for using them for some of the skills (speaking, writing, reading). It was a nice session, very intereactive and some great feedback and ideas/links from the participants.Every time I have an opportunity to talk about alternative assessment with other teachers from around the world I am amazed at how many people want to (and are trying to find ways of) shift from traitional to alternative. So, if social media is any indicator, I say we’re (maybe slowly but definitely steadily) moving in that direction.

If you’d like to take a look, here’s the presentation:

As soon as the recording of the webinar becomes available I’ll update this post with the link to it.

Thanks for everyone who was there and participated!

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25 comments on “Some Ideas on How to Use Web 2.0 Tools for Alternative Assessment

  1. seburnt says:

    Look at how fast I am at commenting! ;) In this way of alternative assessment, you have inspired me unlike ever before. Your passion for it and ideas surrounding its pedagogy continue to prompt me to investigate its application in my contexts. You’ll be interested to know that because of my introduction to portfolios (e or not) at a recent curriculum meeting, we shall adopt a quasi use of one for part of the term mark for writing. High stakes situations, too! I’m stoked.

    • I also replied in record time (for me at least) ;-)

      You have no idea how thrilled I am to hear I have inspired you Ty!!!!!!!!!!! That’s what drives me to keep posting and talking about alternative assessment… to show people it’s feasible, adaptable, flexible. Alternative assessment is a concept that can be adjusted to any reality – or most of them.
      I think your nearly adoption of a portfolio for part of the term marking for writing is a GREAT first step Ty. It shows willingness to change. And THAT is essential. I’m stoked too!!!! Let me know if I can be of help in any way, ok?

      X
      Ceci

  2. Luciana Caldeira says:

    Hi dear Cecil,

    I’m really sorry I could not take part in the webinar.
    Assessing is also something that intrigues me a lot. I’ve always felt uncomfortable with the feeling of being unfair with my students, I still do in fact, mainly now that I’m in charge of an entire school and a lot of teachers. Your post is interesting and thought provoking and I’ll be sharing with some of the teachers here in Brasília. Also would you mind if I used your presentation in one of our meetings to talk about assessment? It’s so clear in differentiating traditional and alternative!!! Really loved it! Thanks a lot for sharing!

    • Hi Lu!

      Don’t feel sorry… we have so many things going on all the time it’s impossible to keep up and take part in everything we want to!

      I think most teachers have the feeling of being unfair and even “cheat” a bit here and there to bridge that gap (what we see in the class and the results we get). And that’s part of my interest for alternative assessment – I think it makes it less unfair, it cuts that gap.

      Please feel free to share anything I ever do with anybody you feel might enjoy/benefit from it. I’m flattered :-)

  3. Interesting to read about such an important part of our jobs. Assessment is one of those aspects of teaching that has always left me frustrated. What does ascribing 9.6 or 5.8 to a test actually mean in terms of what Ss can do based on what they’ve learned? Not much, I’d guess. On the positive side, though, we’re fortunate that school policy makers have taken a greater interest in non-traditional forms of assessment of late. However, it seems that we have a looooong way to go before both Ss and teachers are satisfied with the type of assessment implemented in courses. Anyway, thank you for sharing the slides to your presentation. I just got some very nice ideas from you, which I’m hoping I’ll be able to try this semester in different classes. I’ll keep you posted on how they turn out. ;-)

    • Hi Marcus!

      It’s amazing how assessment has been somewhat ignored for a while. Or at least how it seems schools and policy makers have been “blind” about things not really working the way it is/was being done. But the good thing is that, as you mentioned, that seems to be changing.

      It doesn’t matter how long is the path we have ahead of us to really achieve meaningful change. The important thing is that we seem to be aware of that and we’re starting to mode towards it. The more people we manage to see the need for this change, to come into the discussion, the faster we’ll get somewhere.

      Thanks for the feedback! :-) And do keep me posted! I love to hear about how things work in different settings, with different teachers. Something good always comes out of it!

  4. Brilliant post, dear Ceci!

    Can’t wait to attend your workshop in Paris to learn more from you!

    Best,

    Isil

    • Thanks Isil! :-) Can’t wait to see you in Paris either!

      Unfortunately I won’t be talking about assessment in Paris – it will be an updated version of my session in Brighton. But I have submitted a talk about alternative assessment to IATEFL next year, so fingers crossed there!!! I hope I make the cut AND make it there!

      X
      Ceci

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  8. Marisa Pavan says:

    Hello Ceci!

    What a great presentation! Your proposals are really inspiring. I’m sorry I’ve missed your live presentation and I’m grateful to you for having shared it in a post!

    Hugs!
    Marisa

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  11. Ann Foreman says:

    Hi Cecilia,

    Just posted a link to this on the TeachingEnglish facebook page if you’d like to check for comments.

    Best,

    Ann

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