The project ASSESS, which is addressed to English teachers, continues its path. The partnership has had a meeting today to discuss topics regarding the training activity for English teachers that will be carried out next September in Greece, the handbook about evaluation of students and our Online Exam Creator which is almost ready. If you are an English teacher from Spain, Greece, Turkey, Portugal, Finland or Germany and you want to participate in the training activity contact us through our Facebook page
What Are the Advantages of Online Exam Testing?
Online language testing offers teachers an efficient way to deliver tests to students. Online testing has a number of tools such as videos, PDFs, podcasts, and teachers can use all these tools as part of their lesson plans when it comes to testing. By extending the lesson plan beyond traditional testing methods, educational authorities are able to include online testing resources and as a result, teachers are able to become more efficient educators, too.
- Accessibility of Time and Place
Another advantage of online language testing is that it allows students to do the tests from any location of their choice. It also allows schools to reach out to a more extensive network of students, instead of being restricted by geographical boundaries. Additionally, some types of online tests can be recorded, archived, and shared for future reference. This allows students to access the testing material at a time of their comfort. Thus, online learning offers students the accessibility of time and place in education.
- Improved Student Participation
Since online tests can be taken from home or location of choice, there are fewer chances of students missing out on testing sessions.
- Suits a Variety of Learning Styles
Every student has a different learning behaviour pattern and a different learning style. Some students are visual learners, while some students prefer to learn through audio. Similarly, some students thrive in the classroom testing while other students are solo learners who get distracted by large groups so for them online testing is a blessing. This is why the online testing system, with its range of options and resources, can be personalized in many ways. It is the best way to create a perfect testing and learning environment suited to the needs of each student.
What Are the Disadvantages of Online Testing?
- Inability to Focus on Screens
For many students, one of the biggest challenges of online testing is the struggle with focusing on the screen for long periods of time. As in online learning, there is also a greater chance for students to be distracted by social media or other sites. Therefore, it is imperative for the teachers to keep their online testing engaging and interactive to help students stay focused on the test.
- Technology Issues
Another key challenge of online testing is internet connectivity. While internet availability has grown enormously grown over the past few years, in smaller cities and towns, a consistent connection with decent speed is a problem. Without a consistent internet connection for students or teachers, there can be a lack of continuity in testing a learner. This is detrimental to the education process.
- Sense of Isolation
Without doubt students can learn a lot from being in the company of their peers. However, in online testing and in particular in language testing, there are minimal physical interactions between students and teachers. As a result, there is a sense of isolation for the students. In this situation, it is very important that the school allows for other forms of communication between the students, peers, and teachers. This may include online messages, emails and video conferencing that will allow for face-to-face interaction, thus reducing the sense of isolation.
- Teacher Training
Online testing requires teachers to have a basic understanding of using digital forms of learning. However, this is not the case always. Very often, teachers have a very basic understanding of technology. Sometimes, they don’t even have the necessary resources and tools to conducts online classes and design online tests. To combat this, it is important for schools to invest in training teachers with the latest technology updates so that they can facilitate teachers in online testing planning.
- Manage Screen Time
Many parents are nowadays concerned about the health hazards of having their children spend so much time staring at a screen. Spending so may hours in front of a screen is one of the biggest concerns and disadvantages of online testing and online learning in general. Sometimes, students can also develop bad posture and other physical problems due to staying hunched in front of a screen.
Already we are in March and work has not slowed down for our Assess team. The Assess database now has full collections of illustrated worksheets, colourful flashcards with images and text, exams and rubrics to mark those exams. A collection of images has been prepped and finalised by the partners. All of this is now ready to be uploaded to the online exam tool which is currently being coded by the Spanish partner.
Regardless of CoVid-19 restrictions, our meetings have taken place bi-weekly online. We are hoping that restrictions will be lifted soon so that we can hold our Teaching, Training, Learning (TTL) event in Athens from the 30th of August to the 3rd of September 2021.
Regarding dissemination, our efforts have paid off with our Facebook page receiving 557 likes. A three-minute explainer video has been produced with subtitles in all partner languages. The video will be used to disseminate the project to all partner networks. You can watch the video here