Deniz is one of the assesment people of Bilgi University. She shared the samples and the logic behind it. At schools we generally teach to assess because we think that students need to be focused. She used a video to let us see what is happening to the students during the exam. She overviewed alternative and traditional assesment. She told us that we should decide the purpose of the exams: assessment of learning or Assessment for learning. She said at her university they give credit to alternative assessment.
Deniz showed us two websites to assess speaking. These are:
- Voxopop- it is between you and the members (www. voxopop.com)
- Voicethread- adding voices on the slide. (www. voicethread.com)
For voxopop, a headphone with a microphone is enough. She recorded their assignment about their past activities. The students were asked to record their voices. For the first couple of weeks the students can read although it is a speaking test. The second website is used for a long term Project.
As for assessing listening, she suggested:
- Potcasts- The teacher can sign up for podcast channels. (www.podcastsinenglish.com) The teacher can download the scripts.
- Then they g oto the (www.toondoo.com) to create their cartoons by using the notes they take while the listening and they create stories using these scripts.
To assess reading, she suggested
- http://www.linoit. com-She didn’t ask any questions and ask ss to ask questions, It is a good way to get feedback with it.
- Word clouds to recyle vocabulary.
To assess writing, Deniz suggested
- www. Sync.in – It is a bit like Vikis, but more user-friendly.
- www. penzu.com- It is an online notebook. This can be an online portfolio.
Deniz was also kind enough to speak with Adam Simpson immediately after her presentation.
Thanks to Deniz for sharing the rubrics to assess the students.
Gülnur Şahin for the Roving Reporter Team