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Assessing Young Learners Online

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When we are teaching online, we need to be able to check our students’ progress so that we can reassure them about their learning achievements and gather information on where they may need further support. The online learning environment allows us to explore different methods of formative assessment and gives us an ideal opportunity to develop students’ ability to self assess through intensive questioning and targeted feedback.

In this presentation, we will look at different ways of exploiting classroom material for assessment by using individual activities for multiple assessment purposes and how we can use deep questioning to gather evidence of learning progression.


Elaine Boyd has been involved in assessment design and quality assurance for over 30 years working for a range of international exam boards. She has been especially concerned with the impact of assessments in the classroom and worked closely with teachers and teacher educators delivering courses in assessment literacy in Europe, India and SE Asia, and has published articles in this field. She has been Visiting Professor at the Universitat Politecnica in Valencia with responsibility for developing a framework for EMI. Her research includes intercultural communication and pragmatics and her PhD investigated spoken language using corpus data. She is currently a post graduate tutor at The Institute of Education at University College London. Elaine has authored several exam coursebooks for a range of age groups for leading international publishers and is a Course Consultant for Look, a seven-level primary series from National Geographic Learning.




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