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Assessment Across Online Language Education

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With the expansion of online language learning opportunities, language teachers and learners are presented with an increasingly diverse range of tools to facilitate language learning in various contexts. However, CALL researchers and practitioners often have limited knowledge about the effectiveness of online language learning primarily due to a lack of research on online language learning outcomes and on valid assessment measures.

Despite the challenges in assessing language learning online, the editors of this volume believe the wide range of online language learning opportunities has brought new tools and methods to both strengthen assessment and inform pedagogical decisions in online language teaching. In terms of assessment, technology first provides researchers and practitioners with more options to document learners’ language use in different contexts and their progress over time. The instances of learners’ actual use of language will complement any achievement and proficiency measures of language learning outcomes. Moreover, the use of technology motivates researchers and practitioners to re-conceptualize assessment of online language learning. More importantly, technologies make it possible for the assessment to be incorporated for the purpose of learning (e.g., adaptive learning) and teaching (e.g., technology-mediated dynamic assessment and teacher intervention).

Assessment Across Online Language Education examines these challenges emerged in online language teaching and learning, explores the new opportunities for language teachers and learners, and provides suggestions for future research on assessment and learning in online language education.

Published: Apr 2, 2018

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Section Chapter Authors
Introduction
1. The Online Language Learning Imperative: Maximizing Assessment Practices to Ensure Student Success Stephanie Link, Jinrong Li
PART ONE: ASSESSING LEARNER PROGRESS AND DEVELOPMENT
2. Assessing Language and Intercultural Learning during Telecollaboration Senta Goertler, Theresa Schenker, Carly Lesoski, Sonja Brunsmeier
3. Assessing the Effect of Pedagogical Interventions on Success Rates and Students’ Perceptions of Connectedness Online Victoria Russell
4. Language MOOCs: Assessing Student Knowledge and Comprehension of Clinical Terminology Carrie Demmans Epp, Rae Mancilla, Valerie Swigart
PART TWO: ASSESSING ONLINE TEACHERS
5. Issues and Challenges in the Assessment of Online Language Teacher Performance Barbara Lafford, Carmen King de Ramirez, James Wermers
6. Evaluating Teacher Tech Literacies Using an Argument-based Approach Jesse Gleason, Elena Schmitt
7. The Transition from Face-to-face Teacher to Online Course Developer David Donnarumma, Sarah Hamilton
PART THREE: ASSESSMENT TOOLS FOR ONLINE ENVIRONMENTS
8. Innovative Implementation of a Web-Based Rating System for Individualizing Online English Speaking Instruction Hyejin Yang, Elena Cotos
9. A Systematic Approach to Vetting Reading Comprehension Items for Inclusion in Cloud-based Assessments Fabiana MacMillan
10. The Lingo of Language Learning Startups: Congruency Between Claims, Affordances, and SLA Theory Gabriel Guillen, Thor Sawin, Sarah Springer
PART FOUR: FUTURE DIRECTIONS FOR ONLINE LANGUAGE ASSESSMENT
11. Toward Technology-enhanced Alternative Assessment for Online Language Education Zhi Li, Stephanie Link
12. Argument-based Approach to Validation in Online Language Education Erik Voss