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How Sakai helps the Stanford Language Center do assessment

How Sakai helps the Stanford Language Center do assessment

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  • 1. Sakai and Language Assessment Ken Romeo, Ph.D. Academic Technology Specialist / Lecturer Stanford Language Center / Academic Computing June 14, 2010
  • 2. Background
    • Me
      • ESL instructor (20 years)
      • Academic Technology Specialist (2006)
      • CourseWork (Sakai) team meeting observer / participant (2008)
    • Stanford Language Center
      • Language requirement
      • 1995 – new director: Prof. Elizabeth Bernhardt
      • Emphasis on assessment and professional development
    • This presentation
      • American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL 2007) Bernhardt, Molitoris, Miano, Gelmetti, Tsethlikai, Romeo
    Stanford Language Center / Academic Computing 11th Sakai Conference - June 15-17, 2010
  • 3. Assessment Program
    • Objectives
      • Improve student performance
      • Enhance credibility (students and the public)
      • Programmatic consistency
    • Methods
      • ACTFL Oral Proficiency Standards (ACTFL, 1999)
      • Oral Placement and Exit exams
      • More face-time for instructors  put diagnostic assessment online (CourseWork)
    Stanford Language Center / Academic Computing 11th Sakai Conference - June 15-17, 2010
  • 4. Foreign Language Placement
    • 800 unregistered students: not in Sakai
    • Online tests during the summer
    • Oral assessment on campus: 1 hour, cassette tapes
    Stanford Language Center / Academic Computing 11th Sakai Conference - June 15-17, 2010
  • 5. Exit Assessment: SOPI Definition
    • Based on live Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)
    • Simulated Oral Proficiency Interview (SOPI): Instructions + Image  Thinking  Prompt  Response  Next
    • Software requirements
      • High stakes: content security and reliability
      • Enrollment from existing courses (Sakai)
      • Non-standard roles: Coordinator, instructor
      • No student control = no web delivery
      • Securely archive audio recordings (Sakai)
    Stanford Language Center / Academic Computing 11th Sakai Conference - June 15-17, 2010
  • 6. SOPI Software (Project Manager: Makoto Tsuchitani)
    • Application (Developer: Casey Dunn)
      • Desktop Java application
      • Quicktime for Java – play and record
      • WebServices to communicate with Sakai
    • SOPI Monitor (Developer: Zach Thomas)
      • Realtime progress of each student
      • UI depends on role
      • Packaging for further dissemination
    Stanford Language Center / Academic Computing 11th Sakai Conference - June 15-17, 2010
  • 7. SOPI Application Stanford Language Center / Academic Computing 11th Sakai Conference - June 15-17, 2010
  • 8. SOPI Monitor Tool Stanford Language Center / Academic Computing 11th Sakai Conference - June 15-17, 2010
  • 9. Technology Integration: Key Points
    • Each part has a pedagogically valid purpose and is not focused on technology.
    • Uses a standalone application with connection to Sakai to do what the web can’t.
    • All instructors create material based on the same standards-based framework .
    • Implementation takes a huge number of human hours and coordination across many different groups.
    Stanford Language Center / Academic Computing 11th Sakai Conference - June 15-17, 2010
  • 10. Thank you!
    • Ken Romeo :: kenro at stanford dot edu
    Stanford Language Center / Academic Computing 11th Sakai Conference - June 15-17, 2010