7 Principles to Create Strategies and Tools for Assessing Digital Literacy Capabilities / Competences

7 Principles to Create Strategies and Tools for Assessing Digital Literacy Capabilities / Competences

This is a set of principles or recommendations to be taken into consideration when designing tools or strategies for assessing digital competences.

  1. [Conceptions] Put aside own pre-conceptions of literacy(-ies) and allow the user/agent to articulate their own understanding of their literacy (-ies).  
  2. [Responsibility] Avoid assessing Digital Literacy in ways that reinforce power and exclusion. Be theoretically and epistemologically responsible (an anti-oppressive stance is the most inclusive and least violent) – and accept that creativity is not a measurable quality.  
  3.  [Context] Think of every aspect of media: information, technical, social. Importance of adopting a socio-technical perspective of the media environment, acknowledging that people and structures (technological or otherwise) mutually shape each other. Assess the impact of digital literacy on daily life, in relation to situated practices and cultures. 
  4. [Models] Rethink evaluation models, make them more personalized and adaptive, reflecting the uses of literacy required in the digital world to build more inclusive, equitable and sustainable societies. 
  5. [Practices] Double-check how you apply critical and creative thinking to your digital practice. 
  6.  [Testing] For self-assessment, the activity should be short and diagnostic. Digital tools (such as games, quizzes, performance activities, metrics, evidences, learning analytics tools…) can improve the reflexive monitoring of literacy and facilitate skills assessment. 
  7.  [Piloting] Take into account the global dimension digital culture and apply this concept on the assessment tool.   

Coventry University (UK), Sep-Oct 2017 


These principles have been outlined by participants at European Literacy Network Training School hosted by Coventry University  in Sept 2017 (#ELNcov).

Luis Pereira and Daniel Villar-Onrubia (organisers);  Elena González Tinoco; Igor Kaniž; Julian McDougall; Lara Burton; Maria José Brites; Maria Raquel Patrício; Maria-Carolina Cambre; Marian Popovici; Panayiota Tsatsou; Sofia Theodosiadou; Tiscar Lara