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!