Building on my previous post about innovative research methodologies in the field of education and digital media, I wanted to take a minute to consider the issue of assessment – an aspect whose significance is often overlooked or undervalued in the context of digital media education programs. Recently I have become very interested in issues of assessment, after having tested and validated a comprehensive survey tool to measure new media literacies in both youth and adult populations (the full report of the study is forthcoming, but in the meantime you can check out an executive summary here). I decided to pursue this line of research partly due to my disappointment at the lack of an appropriate tool to measure such skills, even though their increasing significance in the educational realm is, as of now, widely (dare I say unanimously?) recognized. Having an appropriate assessment tool to measure students’ progress in the field of digital technologies and media literacy would not only paint a valuable picture of learners’ skills across a variety of domains, but it would also facilitate the effective crafting of future educational interventions that are in line with the needs and propensities of the program beneficiaries.
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