How to assess reading and writing while teaching remotely?

The Center for Language Studies (CLS), University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh organized a webinar on 3 December, 2020 in ZOOM platform. This session was facilitated by Claire Bradin Siskin, consultant, teacher trainer, and practitioner of computer-assisted language learning (CALL). She has a strong interest in international education and has given presentations and workshops in 24 countries. She has developed software useful for language learning and curriculum development. She has had a wide range of publications from Routledge, University of Michigan Press, and CAELL journal. She is a fluent speaker of English, Portuguese, Spanish, and French.

In this session, she focused on ways to evaluate what and how much students learn in ERT (Emergency Remote Teaching). The major obstacles in online teaching and learning like, teacher-centeredness of LMS (learning management system) were identified. So, for instant assessment using online polls, gamifying learner response by Kahoot, peer feedback implementation, personal feedback from teachers, and self-reflection of students were highly encouraged by the speaker. The Q/A session highlighted the risk involving traditional assessment and the values of teacher health. Teachers and researchers from different parts of the world participated in this discussion and shared their personal experience with teaching during Covid-19. The webinar ended with an insightful vote of thanks from Dr. Shaila Sultana, honorable advisor to CLS, ULAB, reminding the audience about being sensitive and supportive throughout the whole teaching-learning process in this tough time. This event was live streamed on the official Facebook page of CLS.

The Universityof Liberal Arts Bangladesh and its curricula are accredited by the University Grants Commission (UGC) of Bangladesh, and approved by the Ministry of Education, Government of People's Republic of Bangladesh.