The Innovation in Assessment prize is designed to complement the existing British Council ELTons awards and celebrates innovation in the area of language testing and assessment. The winner will receive £1,000. The Innovation in Assessment Prize will be made to an individual or organisation for innovation in any of the following areas:
- Innovative practices in test delivery
- Innovative practices in test administration
- Technical innovation in scoring or delivery
- Innovative item or task development
- Innovative application of applied linguistics or second language acquisition research to language assessment
Nominations will be judged by a panel of language assessment experts.
RECIPIENT OF THE 2018 INNOVATION IN ASSESSMENT PRIZE
This year’s award is presented to Dr. Sarah Ebling, Dr. Penny Boyes Braem, Katja Tissi, Sandra Sidler-Miserez, and Prof. Dr. Tobias Haug, University of Applied Science of Special Needs Education (HfH), Switzerland for developing an automatic sign language recognition system for Swiss German Sign Language (DSGS) vocabulary assessment, as part of the Swiss National Science Foundation project SMILE.
The SMILE sign language recognition system is being developed to automatically recognise the form of isolated signs produced by second language learners and to provide immediate feedback about whether the sign has been produced correctly. The goal is for L2 learners of DSGS to be able to remotely use the system in a self-assessment scenario of newly learned DSGS signs, also including more detailed feedback about which manual components have been produced incorrectly.
KEY DATES FOR INNOVATION IN ASSESSMENT PRIZE 2019
|30 January 2019||Applications and/or nominations close|
|February 2019||Preliminary review of applications/nominations|
|March 2019||Evaluation and selection of prize winner(s)|
|April 2019||Prize winner(s) announced|