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  • 1. ELT article published at http://reflective-online-teaching.blogspot.com JotForm, a Web 2.0 Assessment Tool for Online Learning Web 2.0 assessment tools, like the ones found among Moodle LMS tools, can be used to track and evaluate student progress in online or blended learning courses. When learners use these tools to share, analyze, develop, and locate content, it not only increases student-student interaction, but also student-instructor interaction. This way of increasing interaction provides teachers the opportunity to assess students throughout the entire learning process rather than just at the end of it. Additionally, the interactive nature of these Web 2.0 assessment tools also increases student engagement and potencializes the learning experience and the achievement of learning goals. Potencializing student learning and having them achieve learning goals can also be done with an additional Web 2.0 tool that instructors and learners can use, JofForm.Com, a Website where users can create all kinds of forms to gather all sorts of information from a great array of templates
  • 2. ELT article published at http://reflective-online-teaching.blogspot.com available just by signing for an account for free. JofForm.Com can be a great alley of teachers; instructors can easily create class surveys, online quizzes, and the like, which can be quickly gathered in his/her site profile. But this website can also be a good students’ alley when having to get information for term or research papers as well. One of its best features is that it can be easily embedded onto your Moodle platform so students can get to work directly on it or the form can also be sent to their personal email account. If asked, how JofForm.Com could be used in class, within the Moodle Platform, or in an online course with Blackboard or a similar LMS, to help teacher and leaners, this can be easily answered by taking a look at the gallery of forms of all types we can find, and how they could be used. Depending on the study field where instructors work, lots of different kinds of activities can be carried out. What counts here is the creativity of the instructor to use the free tool. Take a look at the following information which is mostly related to ELT (English Language Teaching) rather than other fields, but that can be easily adapted to other teachers’ needs:
  • 3. ELT article published at http://reflective-online-teaching.blogspot.com JotForm Use JotForm Use To administrate short Course Evaluation To ask for partial or final quizzes Form feedback during a course To create professional Student Progress To provide timely feedback résumés Report and grades to students To practice bookings in Restaurant To provide feedback on tourism industry classes Evaluation Survey restaurant services & food Employee To gather data for human IT Service Tickets To help IT students to deal Information resources courses Instructor Evaluation To get feedback from Ask a question CV Submission Hotel Booking with clients’ needs Medical History students Event Feedback To gather feedback after a To help medical school Ss get info about patients Trivia Quiz webinar or class event To create some sort of Scavenger’s Hunt To practice placing and CREATE YOUR OWN Open to teachers or responding to orders Purchase Order FORM students’ needs In my particular ELT teaching situation, JofForm.Com can be easily used to have students gather information or practice specific language needed for their professional field of study. Let’s take a look at two possible teaching scenarios in English language learning with different groups of learners. Tourism Industry Class Objective: After being provided different examples of hotel reservations, students will be able to follow the correct steps to book a room with 100% of accuracy by means of an online system.  Class will be divided into two different groups –the ones who book hotel rooms online and the ones who respond to their partners with the booking confirmation.  A JofForm from the site gallery or one created by students will be used to practice both roles of the booking process.
  • 4. ELT article published at http://reflective-online-teaching.blogspot.com  The teacher will scaffold the process to assist and have both groups change roles and practice reserving a room and responding to their clients. Activity created by Prof. Jonathan AcuñA Systems Engineering Class Objective: After being provided different examples of IT tickets in different companies, students will be able to deal with IT ticket with 100% of accuracy by means of an electronic form.  Class will be divided into two different groups –the company workers who send an IT ticket and the ones who respond and give a follow-up to the ticket.  A JofForm from the site gallery or one created by students will be used to practice both roles of the IT ticket process.  The teacher will scaffold the process to assist and have both groups change roles and practice sending an IT ticket and responding to their clients. Activity created by Prof. Jonathan AcuñA By means of both activities, which can be centralized jointly on JofForm.Com and on the LMS, student learning can be observed, monitored, and assessed. Following the methodological principle of scaffolding in TBLT (Task-Based Language Teaching), student performance can be enhanced and supervised by the instructor or even by peers. It just takes a bit of thinking and a bit of creativity to find new ways to exploit the use of this Web 2.0 assessment tool.
  • 5. ELT article published at http://reflective-online-teaching.blogspot.com  To fully comprehend the scope of this teaching issue, it is highly advisable that the following topics must be expanded further:  Student-Student interaction in online learning  Teacher-Student interaction in VLEs  How to embed forms within your LMS classroom  Having students work on forms to gather information  Assessing students in online learning environments Professor Jonathan Acuña-Solano ELT Trainer, Instructor & Curriculum Developer based in Costa Rica NCTE – Costa Rica Member Resource Teacher and Curricular Developer at CCCN Senior ELT Professor at Universidad Latina, Costa Rica, since 1998 Contact Information: Twitter @jonacuso Email jonacuso@gmail.com
  • 6. ELT article published at http://reflective-online-teaching.blogspot.com Pronunciation BIN-02 Pronunciation 1 Development BIN-06 Pronunciation 2 BIN-04 Reading Skills 1 Reading Skills BIN-08 Reading Skills 2 Development TEFL Daily ELT Daily Curated Topics English Language Teaching Journal Online Phonemics Daily The Linguists: Linguistics News Jonathan’s Learning Attic Article published on Friday, December 20, 2013