Assessment Across Online Language Education - Stephanie Link

Assessment Across Online Language Education - Stephanie Link

1. The Online Language Learning Imperative: Maximizing Assessment Practices to Ensure Student Success

Assessment Across Online Language Education - Stephanie Link

Stephanie Link [+-]
Oklahoma State University
Stephanie Link is an Assistant Professor of TESL/Applied Linguistics and Director of International Composition at Oklahoma State University. She earned her Ph.D. from Iowa State University and a dual Masters degree from Winona State University in Minnesota, USA and Tamkang University in Taiwan. She primarily teaches graduate-level courses in TESL, grammatical analysis, language and technology, and research methods. Her research interests include the study of emerging technologies for language learning and assessment, written genre analysis, and L2 pedagogy. Her most recent work is on automated writing evaluation and can be found in the Journal of English for Specific Purposes, Journal of Second Language Writing, Language Learning & Technology, System, and CALICO Journal.
Jinrong Li [+-]
Georgia Southern University
Jinrong Li is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Writing and Linguistics at Georgia Southern University. Before that, she has taught English in Beijing and ESL in Boston University and Iowa State University. Her research interests include Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL), the instruction and assessment of Second Language (L2) writing, and information literacy and writing pedagogy. She has presented at CALICO, Second Language Research Forum, and AAAL, and her key work has appeared in CALICO Journal, Language Learning & Technology, Journal of Second Language Writing, Computers and Composition, and Assessing Writing.


The expansion of online language learning opportunities has provided language teachers and learners with an increasingly diverse range of tools aiming to facilitate language learning in various contexts. However, CALL researchers and practitioners do not have adequate knowledge about the effectiveness of online language learning; and controversies and challenges exist in the on-going efforts to better understand aspects of assessment in language teaching online. Therefore, the purpose of this introduction chapter to the edited volume is to engage language teachers, researchers, and practitioners in the conversation of opportunities and challenges regarding assessments in online language education, to further the discussion on how to re-conceptualize the need and use of assessments in the online environment, and finally to contribute to a better understanding of how assessment tools can affect online language teaching and learning.

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Link, Stephanie; Li, Jinrong. 1. The Online Language Learning Imperative: Maximizing Assessment Practices to Ensure Student Success. Assessment Across Online Language Education. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 1-18 Feb 2018. ISBN 9781781797013. Date accessed: 04 Jun 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.34385. Feb 2018

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