SPILLER, J., 2008. GLO (Grammar Learning Online). Integrating language learning functionality with QuestionMark™ Perception. IN: Khandia, F. (ed.). 12th CAA International Computer Assisted Assessment Conference : Proceedings of the Conference on 8th and 9th July 2008 at Loughborough University. Loughborough : Loughborough University, pp. 309-318
Within the Division of European Languages and Cultures (DELC) at the
University of Edinburgh, several computer-assisted language learning (CALL)
programmes are used to support the course curricula. Many of these are
legacy MS-DOS based programmes they have become outdated in both
presentation and language content and their usefulness in providing secure
and reliable assessment is, at best, very limited.
There was a strong need to find a replacement that would both update and
enhance the provision of language assessment whilst retaining the most
useful features available in the existing CALL-based software, so that both
summative and formative e-assessment could be delivered in a more flexible
and updated way.
This paper describes work on GLO (Grammar Learning Online) a project
funded by the University of Edinburgh’s Principle’s e-Learning fund to provide
an online assessment solution suitable for all language departments within
GLO uses the Macromedia™ Flash question type within the QuestionMark™
Perception™ assessment framework to incorporate certain specific features
of language learning testing. This paper also describes the process of
converting question content Word files, as authored by course tutors, into the
template .XML files as required by Flash.