Date
Monday 12 October 2020

This event will be held online.

The aim of this workshop is to explore some of the different remote assessment options available in a post-Covid world and investigate how established principles of assessment can guide the creation of innovative assessment types. High stakes and summative assessment will be covered, but the approach will focus more on formative and alternative forms, with an important role for the teacher during the assessment process. During the workshop, participants will look at different assessment scenarios and devise assessment instruments which are both a valid measure of candidate ability and promote greater learning. Participants will be encouraged to reflect on the kind of assessment they have used in their own classroom and online, and consider ways in which some of the challenges encountered in online assessment can be overcome. While practical online tools and platforms will be discussed, the emphasis will be on sharing ideas that teachers can use to implement sound assessment in their own remote learning context.

Facilitators

Carolyn Westbrook

Test Development Researcher, Assessment Research Group, British Council

Carolyn is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Authority and, before joining the British Council, was an Associate Professor in EFL. She has over 25 years’ experience teaching and testing ESP, EAP, Business English and General English in Spain, Austria, Germany and the UK. Her main interests are in teaching and testing ESP and EAP, and she has also been involved in several projects developing assessment literacy for teachers.

Richard Spiby

Test Development Researcher, Receptive Skills, Assessment Research Group, British Council

Richard Spiby has been a Test Development Researcher with the Assessment Research Group since June 2016. His main responsibilities involve overseeing operational analysis and developing the receptive skills components of new and existing Aptis test variants. He also works on a variety of assessment development and training projects worldwide. His areas of interest include language assessment literacy, standard setting, statistical analysis and inclusivity in language assessment.