Assessing Digital L2 Writing: Challenges with New Tools and New Genres

Digital L2 Writing Literacies - Directions for Classroom Practice - Ana Oskoz

Ana Oskoz [+-]
University of Maryland Baltimore County
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Ana Oskoz is Professor of Spanish at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), USA. Her research is on the applications of technologies to language learning. In particular, it focuses on the use of computer-mediated communication (CMC) and social tools to enhance the development of second language writing and intercultural competence development. She has published numerous articles and book chapters on these topics. She is currently co-editor of CALICO Journal.
Idoia Elola [+-]
Texas Tech University
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Idoia Elola is Associate Professor of Spanish and Applied Linguistics at Texas Tech University, USA. Her research focuses on second language writing, collaborative and individual writing when using social tools, digital literacy and the use of multimodal texts, Spanish heritage language learners’ writing processes, and revision and feedback. Her work has been published in national and international journals and specialized books.


Oskoz and Elola argue that traditional evaluation practices fall short of delivering a comprehensive assessment of student writing, which may now reflect the nuances and possibilities of digital genres and tools. The authors therefore emphasize the need to examine both the linguistic and non-linguistic components of, for example, collaborative work in wikis, blogs and their impact on audiences, the use of hashtags in Twitter, and the selection and integration of sounds and images in digital stories. Collaboration with others, engagement with the audience, involvement with the community, and the intermingling of images, sound, and text are all factors that will demonstrate learners’ growing skill in conveying meaning. The authors argue for the need to include students in the development of assessment criteria by asking them to reflect on relationships within and across expressive modes as well as on the audience, the genre, and matters of authorship and ownership.

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Oskoz, Ana; Elola, Idoia. Assessing Digital L2 Writing: Challenges with New Tools and New Genres. Digital L2 Writing Literacies - Directions for Classroom Practice. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Sep 2020. ISBN 9781781796931. Date accessed: 08 Jul 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.34291. Sep 2020

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