Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on CALL Number 8. July 2022                       Pp.3-16
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/call8.1

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Exploring Teacher’s Perspectives about Online Assessment during the COVID-19
Pandemic in a Saudi Context
 

Muhammad A. Al Roomy
Department of English, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences,
King Abdullah International Medical Research Center (KAIMRC)
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Email: muhdroomy@gmail.com

Received:04/26/2022                          Accepted: 06/19/2022                         Published:07/25/2022

 

Abstract:
The emergency transition to online learning due to COVID-19 has forced many sectors to respond quickly. The readiness of educational institutes to attend to the abrupt crisis and shift to teach remotely is practiced at different levels. Online assessment is one of them. Rapid advances in technology and software applications are changing the practices of assessment in innumerable ways. Teachers are encouraged to implement a diverse array of assessment methods to measure the learning process of their students in an online environment which may not be the same as conventional learning. Therefore, the current study aims to explore teachers’ perspectives about online assessment during the COVID-19 pandemic in a Saudi context. This study endeavours to shed light on this aspect of online assessment by answering the main question of challenges and benefits faced by English teachers in an online environment. The study was qualitative in nature deploying semi-structured interviews with English instructors to collect data about the researched matter. The findings revealed that the most preferred online assessment tool teachers used to implement was the multiple-choice format. Also, the analysis showed that challenges associated with online assessment were diverse, and some of them were handled appropriately while others remained. For the advantages, they worked in favour of teachers, students and department. This was observed in the opportunities online assessment could provide to save time, easiness to design, take and record and objectivity in marking. Implications and recommendations were offered for further direction and research.
Keywords: assessment methods, COVID-19, online learning, online assessment, teachers’ perceptions, Saudi context

Cite as: Al Roomy, M. A. (2022). Exploring Teacher’s Perspectives about Online Assessment during the COVID-19 Pandemic in a Saudi Context.  Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on CALL (8)3- 16.
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/call8.1

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Received: 04/26/2022
Accepted: 06/19/2022
Published: 07/25/2022 
https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/call8.1   

Dr. Muhammad Al-Roomy is currently an associate professor at King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for health sciences in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. His research interests include teaching reading skills, grammar, oral skills, and students’ beliefs and attitudes toward English and ESP research. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8678-6697