Thursday 1 July 2021

This interactive workshop will consider the fundamental of data visualization for language assessment researchers and practitioners. Participants will have the opportunity to learn and discuss what makes visuals effective and what we can do to improve the storytelling capacity of our data. Importantly, we will consider a range of data sources and how best to visualize these, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of everything from bar graphs to more complex visuals. A key focus of the session will be on data interpretation, which is a critical aspect of presenting and writing up results. The session will conclude with a discussion of current tools—including those that are free—that can be used to present and document research findings. This session is open to anyone and does not require any prior experience. It will be particularly useful for students, teachers, and early career researchers interested in data analysis.


Dylan Burton

Workshop Presenter - PhD Candidate at Michigan State University, USA

is a PhD candidate at Michigan State University in the Second Language Studies program. He is currently acting as Editorial Assistant for the journal Language Testing with co-editors Luke Harding and Paula Winke. Dylan’s research interests include the development and validation of speaking tests, rater cognition, and non-verbal behavior. He has published in Language Testing, Language Assessment Quarterly, System, and the Routledge Handbook of Second Language Acquisition and Language Testing.

Richard Spiby

Workshop Presenter - Test Development Researcher (Receptive skills) at Assessment Research Group, British Council, UK

Test Development with the British Council Assessment Research Group since 2016. His main responsibilities include overseeing operational analysis and developing reading and listening components of new tests. He also works on a variety of assessment development and training projects worldwide. Richard has previously worked in the UK and Turkey, mainly in the university sector, in test production, management and research.