Sunday, August 13, 2006

A multiliteracies approach to assessment has much to offer students. In an age where young people are demonstrating an increased capability to engage with technology efficiently and effectively, teachers should embrace opportunities to enrich the assessment experience for students through the incorporation of all forms of media and technology. Such assessment practices will assist young people in developing the skills, knowledges and tools necessary to decode and deal critically with the central text, communication, media and information options of their culture. Students who struggle with traditional assessment practices will feel more confident expressing their new knowledge and understanding through technology (this being a form that they constantly deal with in their everyday lives). A multiliteracies approach to assessment also empowers students to demonstrate the extent to which they have grasped key learning outcomes in a unique, fun and exciting way. The potential of such assessment practices to motivate the learning process should not be underestimated.

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