An Argument-Based Approach to Digital Media Research and Evaluation

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Associate Professor Paul Gruba
School of Languages and Linguistics

Associate Professor Gruba has shared files from his presentation
Powerpoint (2.5Mb pptx) | Handout 1 (135Kb docx) | Handout 2 (115Kb docx)

Originally developed for use in assessment validation studies, argument-based approaches now underpin work that includes curriculum design, multimodal listening, and automated assessment of writing. In this talk, I first set out the development of argument-based approaches to research and evaluation. From there, I introduce its use in designs across three levels - macro, meso, and micro - to show how such framing helps to encompass, for example, institutional policies, departmental concerns, and pedagogical practices. I then provide two case studies to illustrate an argument-based approach to both research and program evaluation contexts. Emerging studies show how an argument-based approach can provide a basis for comparability, transparency, and alignment that can speak to a range of work across the transdisciplinary field of digital media studies.

Originally trained as a journalist, Associate Professor Paul Gruba has devoted much of his academic career on digital media literacies, blended learning and language assessment. His current work focuses on multimodal second language listening and language program evaluation.

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