July 2000 JALT Event in Fukuoka



Workshop on Student and Teacher Evaluations Via the Internet


Mark Y. Cowan


Sunday, July 9, 2000


2:00 to 5:00


Aso Foreign Language & Travel College
Building #5, 1-14-17 Hakataekiminami, Hakata-ku Fukuoka-shi
(10 minutes from Hakata Station on foot
- see the map in English or see the map in Japanese for details)
NOTE: This is a new building, but it is just around the corner from our old, usual meeting place.


Free for JALT members. 1000 yen for non-JALT members.


Bill Pellowe, billp@gol.com, 092-883-3688 (t/f) or J. Lake, j@bamboo.ne.jp

Is peer evaluation valuable? Should peers critically judge students' work? Is "the expert teacher" always right or do "the people" know what they want?

This workshop is based an English web site contest for students at Aso Foreign Language and Travel College. The students' peers and visitors ,"the Peer Judge", evaluated the web sites via an on-line submission page. Also, comments were e-mailed to students. Two experienced Internet teachers, "Expert Judges", also participated. Analysis of the data revealed a significant opinion gap, raising questions about the direction of peer evaluation.

Workshop participates will evaluate the web sites. Then the data set from the actual contest will be examined. Discussion will be about: What is the aim of peer evaluation? Who is right, "the expert" or "the people"?

(You can see the contest web site.)

Mark Y. Cowan (mycowan@gol.com) has been teaching English in Japan since 1994. He has a BA in philosophy and English literature from the University of Western Ontario. He teaches English, Computer Skills, English for Internet Communication and Web Page Design at Aso Foreign Language and Travel College (www.asojuku.ac.jp/gakdat/AFTC/Inet2). His lesson plans on using computers for voice communication will published in the forth coming Recipes for Wired Teachers book published by the JALT CALL SIG (Computer-Assisted Language Learning Special Interest Group of JALT).

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