Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on CALL Number 8. July 2022                       Pp.299-313
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/call8.20

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Online Language Assessment the Exception, Not the Rule: For Inclusive Language
Learning
 

Vipin K Sharma
English Language Institute, Jazan,
University, Saudi Arabia
Corresponding Author: vksharma@jazanu.edu.sa

Wael A. Holbah
English Language Institute, Jazan University,
Jazan, Saudi Arabia

 

Received: 01/31/2022             Accepted: 06/27/2022            Published: 07/25/2022

 

Abstract:
The study investigates teachers’ perceptions of the use of online language assessment (OLA) using technology and examines the scope of using online applications to validate the mode of assessment. It looks for EFL teachers’ opinions of OLA to comprehend the many worries associated with the issues and improve the online assessment tools. The researchers included the teachers who taught and assessed their students online using the Blackboard application at Jazan University, Saudi Arabia. The study was descriptive, using an online survey for data collection. Participants were from different colleges and nationalities teaching English to students enrolled in the preparatory course. Descriptive analysis of the open-ended questionnaire and interview data illustrated the salient features of the online assessment were instant feedback, randomized question order, statistical description of the exam, and immediate scores on exam completion. Teachers reported the effectiveness of the online assessment system but with some remedial actions to further improve the online assessment systems. Also, quality prospects, in pandemic-like situations, should not be thought of as offline teaching and challenges in various domains like language assessment security, time limitation, internet accessibility, ethical aspects, digital literacy and expertise, technological failures, and learning outcomes. Finally, the article offers a roadmap for planning, developing, implementing, evaluating, and carrying on research in online language assessment in new and in crisis contexts.
Keywords: Computer-aided assessment, computer-assisted language learning, language skills, motivation,
online assessment, online tests

Cite as:  Sharma, V. K., & Holbah, W. A. (2022).  Online Language Assessment the Exception, Not the Rule: For Inclusive Language Learning.  Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on CALL (8).299-313.
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/call8.20

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Received: 01/31/2022  
Accepted: 06/27/2022
Published: 07/25/2022
https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/call8.20 

Vipin K Sharma  is a  faculty  English  Language  Institute,  Jazan University, Saudi Arabia. He has contributed  more  than sixty  articles to the journals of repute. He has authored two books and edited six books. ORCHID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8849-6973r

Wael  A.  Holbahhas is working as an assistant professor at  English  Language  Institute,  Jazan  University,  Saudi  Arabia. He has written many articles in national and international journals of repute. ORCHID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6672-6128