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Subject:

Web Enhanced Language Testing System

From:

Haworth William <[log in to unmask]> (by way of Fred Riley <[log in to unmask]>)

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Haworth William <[log in to unmask]> (by way of Fred Riley <[log in to unmask]>)

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Tue, 04 Jul 2000 11:09:44 +0100

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I'm redirecting this message on behalf of William Haworth of the WELL (Web
Enhanced Language Learning, www.well.ac.uk) project at Liverpool John
Moores. Please forward to appropriate lists and colleagues (minus this
intro, of course ;-)).

Fred Riley, Language Institute, University of Hull
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Later than planned - but also better than originally planned! - the Web
Enhanced Language Testing System is now operational. "Press release" details
below. You are invited to try it out; feedback v.welcome.

Best wishes,
William

______________________________________

The WELL Project has created an online language testing system to enable
participating institutions to create unique, secure tests for their
students. The system gives students immediate feedback on exercises and
gives tutors a record of results for whatever tests they want to see. 
8 universities have collaborated on question production. For the start of
the autumn semester there will be around 10,000 questions in the database in
French, German, Italian, Spanish, ESOL, Portuguese, and Dutch. 

How does it work?

There is a central database of cloze and multiple-choice questions from
which each institution creates its own tests, determining, for example: 

* number of questions
* when the test is accessible to students
* type of feedback
* whether the exercise is formative or summative in nature

Some questions use graphics or audio files.

How complicated is it?

Ease of use is one of the main features of this system. When you log on, the
system recognises whether you are a student, a tutor or an administrator,
and shows you only the relevant options.

Is it secure?

Yes. Confidentiality of results is guaranteed. The only people who have
access to student results in a specific institution are the nominees of that
institution. It is not possible for anyone to access the results of other
institutions.

I want to use the system. What do I do next?

You can try the system at 
http://www.well.ac.uk/languageExercises/
If you want to use it fully, the "entry ticket" for any UK HE institution is
the submission of a set of 100 questions on an agreed topic in a given
language. Then any users in your institution can access all resources in all
languages.

Contact William Haworth to discuss this - [log in to unmask] - 0151 231 3835

_______________________________________





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