The Intercultural Assistant
Some thoughts on the customisable, modular web based environment for assessing intercultural competence
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26 November 2009
We (Antje, Jacek, Chris and myself) were talking on the existing annotation tool and how, with as little effort as possible, it could be adapted to serve a new purpose and what functionalities it should include.
We had a couple of remarks that perhaps could be discusses further:
1. Given the austere and not really user friendly interface, re-vamping of some sort would be desirable.
2. If the existing, but re-vamped tool were to be placed at a different location, i.e. other server or http:// location, then this alone would already create the feel that we have a new system. The WebCEF would continue working independantly, the CEFcult would diverge to include the new dimension of the intercultural competence, while preserving the original content of WebCEF
3. Point 2 gives us an advantage in the fact that when we approach people to record them, we would already be able to use some of the existing samples to show what we want to do and what it would look like
4. For that we would need an additional functionality (we came up with a name for it: "Intercultural Assistant" :-) I am rather proud of that :-) and that could take the form of something that Lut has been using (Wizard, question based assessment scheme) It could either inclusde questions like "The speaker makes effective use of body language to emphasize points." or "The speaker attempts to negotiate meaning and clarify in situations of uncertainty and ambiguity." or it could altogether rely on can-do statements.
5. Group membership (an issue in WebCEF) would be dealt with by allowing the participant to select a working language (assessment scheme would be automatically set together with group membership without the person even realising he belongs to any group)
This is more or less what I remember, but maybe I'll add something later.
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