نوع مقاله : علمی پژوهشی(عادی)
1 گروه زبان انگلیسی، دانشکده ادبیات، دانشگاه الزهرا (س)
2 Department of English, Faculty of Literature, Alzahra University, Tehran, Iran
3 گروه انگلیسی دانشگاه الزهرا(س)
عنوان مقاله [English]
Although education and assessment are inseparable, many capable teachers find themselves ill-equipped to develop/use assessment activities for their classes. Language teachers, similarly, may be familiar with language teaching methodology and second language acquisition theories, but may still have little or no savoir-faire regarding educational assessment. In fact, many studies indicate that the majority of language teachers are lacking in Language Assessment Literacy (LAL). Therefore, and in line with current educational theories which encourage collaboration and team work, a Virtual Learning Team (VLT) was proposed as a potential solution for this and similar teacher education problems: In the current study, a VLT aimed at enhancing EFL teachers' Language Assessment Literacy (LAL) was created and employed, using a Do-It-Yourself Learning Management System (DIYLMS) as the technological venue. The success of the VLT was ascertained and the factors affecting its efficacy were identified through a researcher-made pre- and post-course survey (Appendix A), as well as post-course semi-structured interviews (Appendix B). The results of the study indicated that there four factors which affect the efficacy of a VLT, namely; technology, instructor/team leader, interaction, and enhancement of knowledge/skills (both course-content and digital literacy). It was also revealed that these four factors do not work in isolation, and interact with each other in complicated ways. It is believed that the results of the current study can be beneficial for future teacher professional development programs.