Global and Lokal Distance Education - GLOKALde January 2017, ISSN 2148-7278
Volume: 3 Number: 1, Article 2
PERCEPTIONS OF ELT PRE-SERVICE TEACHERS ON ALTERNATIVE ASSESSMENT VIA WEB 2.0 TOOLS
The study investigated ELT pre-service teachers’ perceptions on the use of web 2.0 tools in the methodology courses for alternative assessment purposes. The study group comprised 40 sophomore ELT pre-service teachers at a Turkish state university.
The period of the study lasted for fourteen weeks during which six different blended learning tasks were administered. The data collection process included a pre-survey, a series of reflection papers and a post-survey as well as semi structured in-depth interviews. The findings of the study revealed a positive attitude of the participants toward the use of web 2.0 tools for alternative assessment purposes both before and after the tasks were implemented. Besides, it was found that the participants approached more positively after the task implementation process. Participants of the study suggested several advantages and disadvantages in relation to the integration of Web 2.0 tools to their courses as a means of alternative assessment.
However, data revealed that the advantages outweighed the disadvantages. In the end, the participants expressed their suggestions and future plans related to the tasks of the study. The results of the analysis conducted for both qualitative and quantitative data were found to be in line with each other.