Ecological dynamic assessment - Increasing levels of agency in an online environment

JALT Group: 
Event Speaker: 
Mr. Mark deBoer, Akita International University
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for non-JALT members: 
Students - Free; Non-members - 500 yen
Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

To define the term ecological dynamic assessment (eDA), the presenter will first introduce two dynamic assessment theories (interventionist and interactionist) and discuss them from a Vygotskian point of view. Next, the ecology of the classroom, both online and face-to-face will be discussed with respect to learner agency and appropriation, and how a tools-and-results activity can be used to create a collaborative environment. Online learner dialogue will be shown, revealing instances of collaboration and dynamic assessment using both language and content. Ecological DA brings new possibilities for educators looking to increase levels of agency in an online environment, and also to help learners acquire life skills that they can apply outside the classroom.