Research and Assessment
As outlined in my previous post, development of the seventh step in supporting Media Literacy includes the following step:
- Develop online measures of media and digital literacy to assess learning progression and develop online video documentation of digital and media literacy instructional strategies to build expertise in teacher education.
The following is an examples of how central Pennsylvania programs can implement this step into the curriculum of high school media literacy education:
- Developing assessments across multiple media formats is a particularly difficult challenge, but some instructors have made resources available to help assess some common media platforms. The Center for Media Literacy‘s website has a page devoted to assessment information. Within this page, they have a workshop report by Chris Worsnop in which he outlines steps and important considerations for assessing media literacy in curriculum.
“As a featured part of the seminar, Chris shared some of the detailed rubrics and other tools which he has developed. These include specific traits that teachers can look for in different components of student work:
- ideas and content of the piece,
- its organization and structure,
- how effectively the piece uses the language and rhetoric of its medium,
- how the author’s voice is present in the piece and how it connects with the audience,
- technical competence or how well the author has handled the conventions and the technology of the genre or technology.
This information has helped library source information in the Springfield Township High School library resource center. Their website on information literacy includes assessment tools for information media literacy included with media literacy information. The use of a site known as TRAILS helps the media assessment process and is an online tool to help teachers across the country access media literacy assessment information. “This Web-based system was developed to provide an easily accessible and flexible tool for school librarians and teachers to identify strengths and weaknesses in the information-seeking skills of their students. There is no charge for using TRAILS.”