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Assessment and Feedback in Higher Education

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University of Leeds

Baines Wing SR (2.08)

Woodhouse Lane

Leeds, England LS2 9JT

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Dora Alexopoulu (University of Cambridge) http://people.ds.cam.ac.uk/ta259/

James Lamb (University of Edinburgh) http://www.de.ed.ac.uk/people/james-lamb

Dr Dora Alexopoulou

Profiling learners from big educational data

I will present research based on a corpus of learner writings, the EF Cambridge Open Language Database (EFCAMDAT), built at the University of Cambridge in collaboration with EF Education First, an international school of English as a foreign language. EFCAMDAT is an open access corpus consisting of writings of learners submitted to the online school of EF. It currently contains around 1.2 million scripts from thousands of learners from around the world covering 128 individual writings tasks across the proficiency spectrum. I will present research investigating the acquisition of individual grammatical features as well as the development of L2 complexity across learners with varying L1 backgrounds and for different writing tasks and show how results from this research impact on teaching and assessment.

James Lamb

'Quality beyond words? Multimodality, assessment and language education'

I will introduce multimodality and talk about some examples of research where multimodal assessment has been introduced into language education contexts. I will follow this up with two workshop-type activities where I will colleagues to think about some of the implications of multimodal assessment for their own work in language education, including opportunities for innovation as well as potential challenges. I will conclude my session by drawing on some of the relevant research literature which lays out some of the critical implications for teachers and course designers who wish to move beyond 'essayistic' or predominantly language-based education.

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