Assessment Across Online Language Education - Stephanie Link

Assessment Across Online Language Education - Stephanie Link

5. Issues and Challenges in the Assessment of Online Language Teacher Performance

Assessment Across Online Language Education - Stephanie Link

Barbara A. Lafford [+-]
Arizona State University

Barbara A. Lafford (PhD, Cornell University) is a Professor of Spanish Linguistics at Arizona State University and is Head of the Faculty of Languages and Cultures at the Phoenix Downtown Campus. Her recent research interests include the study of the effects of social and cognitive factors on the acquisition of second languages in classroom and study-abroad contexts, languages for professional purposes, and computer-assisted language learning. She has served as Chair of the CALICO board and is currently the Editor for the Monograph/Focus Volume Series of The Modern Language Journal. Her publications also include Spanish Second Language Acquisition: State of the Science (Georgetown, 2003) and The Art of Teaching Spanish: Second Language Acquisition from Research to Praxis (Georgetown, 2006), both co-edited with Rafael Salaberry.

Carmen King de Ramirez [+-]
University of Arizona
Carmen King de Ramirez is an Assistant Professor of Spanish at the University of Arizona. She has worked as an online coordinator of Spanish courses at two major state universities, where she designed and launched course content for new Spanish programs. She serves as a certified online course reviewer for Quality Matters and is engaged in developing online pedagogy training for foreign language (FL) faculty and graduate students. Her research interests/publications include Online FL Pedagogy, Language for Specific Purposes (LSP), and Service Learning.
James E Wermers [+-]
Arizona State University
James E. Wermers is the Digital Humanities Course Manager for the Languages & Culture faculty in the College of Integrative Sciences and a Faculty Fellow in the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at Arizona State University. James coordinates training, development, and deployment of digital pedagogy and digital initiatives for a 50-member interdisciplinary faculty at ASU, teaches courses in composition, film, gender studies, literature, philosophy, and religious studies, and works on innovative and engaging community program, including the “philosophy and Film Series” and “Words on Wheels.”


This chapter will focus on four issues involved in the assessment of online language teaching (uneven training/uneven institutional expectations, faculty resistance to online teaching and to their assessment as online instructors, diverse backgrounds among online instructors, and instruments used to assess the performance of online faculty) the challenges these factors present for carrying out such assessments, and possible solutions for meeting each of those challenges. This chapter will also include brief findings from a pilot study that provided a rationale for the focus on these four issues associated with online instructor assessment.

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Lafford, Barbara; King de Ramirez, Carmen; Wermers, James. 5. Issues and Challenges in the Assessment of Online Language Teacher Performance. Assessment Across Online Language Education. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 93-115 Feb 2018. ISBN 9781781797013. Date accessed: 20 Jun 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.34389. Feb 2018

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