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From: Marie Cora (marie.cora@hotspurpartners.com)
Date: Thu Oct 06 2005 - 15:58:51 EDT


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From: nifl-technology@nifl.gov [mailto:nifl-technology@nifl.gov] On
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Subject: [NIFL-TECHNOLOGY:3792] Re: Computer assessment and adult
learners

If the purpose is also to assess their computer skills, I could see
assessing via a computer.  However, if a student has virtually no
computer experience, as many of the older immigrants who are in our
program do not have, I can not imagine adding this layer on to what is
really trying to be assessed.

--
Ruthann Duffy
ESL Tech Coordinator
Essential Skills Program
Shoreline Community College
16101 Greenwood Ave N.
Seattle, WA 98133

Telephone: 206-533-6624
email: ra_duffy@comcast.net
http://success.shore.ctc.edu/callab


> Hi everyone,
> 
> I wanted to prod you all to add your thoughts to Nancy's questions
from
> the other day regarding testing via computers in ABE/ESOL.  What are
> your thoughts, and what have been your experiences on this?
> 
> I have done a little bit of work using the BEST Plus with adult
learners
> - but in that case, it is the teacher/test administrator who actually
is
> using the computer and asking questions of the test-taker.  As an
aside,
> the great thing about this type of computer testing is that the
software
> program automatically stops you when the student has reached as far as
> they can go, and it also jumps over questions that it realizes the
> student will have no problem answering.  Thus, you avoid the
unnecessary
> and sometimes painful process of forcing students to answer way too
easy
> questions, for example.
> 
> But!  This is not the situation Nancy is describing here - so do folks
> have thoughts on adult students personally using a computer for
> assessment purposes?  I am also sending this reply to the
> NIFL-Technology List to see if folks over there have something to
> contribute to this discussion.
> 
> Thanks!
> marie
> 
> marie cora
> Moderator, NIFL Assessment Discussion List, and 
> Coordinator/Developer 
> LINCS Assessment Special Collection at  
> http://literacy.kent.edu/Midwest/assessment/
>  
> marie.cora@hotspurpartners.com
> 
> 
> 
> On Wed 10/5/2005, Nancy Hansen wrote:
> 
> I also have a question to those who test using
> > computers:  Do you find the skills of the learner
> > who
> > has had next to NO exposure to computers and LITTLE
> > literacy skills are accurately being portrayed via
> > this style testing?
> > 
> > I have men and women in our adult literacy program
> > who
> > had never sat down at a computer - much less used a
> > mouse before.  I cannot imagine that their extensive
> > life skills would be evaluated appropriately when
> > they
> > hit and miss at the computer - sometimes even
> > striking
> > incorrect keys.
> > 
> > Nancy Hansen
> > Sioux Falls Area Literacy Council
> > sfallsliteracy@yahoo.com
> > 
> 
> 



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