Measuring Media Literacy

Media literacy learning outcomes can be measured through qualititative and quantitative research. By creative approaches to observing, documenting, assessing and measuring student learning, the Media Education Lab improves the quality of media literacy education. 

Teaching Resources

Support reflection on why digital and media literacy matters for learning and teaching

Now it's easier than ever to engage students and support learning through creating videos, animations, infographics and more 

Explore the crowdsourced gallery of over 2,500 examples from around the world

Help students learn to ask questions about what they read, see, watch and listen to.

Books for young learners: It's never to early to be smart about media!

Understand how copyright and fair use supports digital learning

Guided inquiry & viewing of Adam Ruins the Internet helps learners judge the pros and cons of digital life and reflect on the role of media regulation.

Research and Scholarship

Tuzel, S. & Hobbs, R 2017 Communicar The Use of Social Media and Popular Culture to Advance Cross-Cultural Understanding Journal 1 public://Screenshot 2019-03-29 21.19.20.png

his paper offers a case study of a collaboration between teachers in the US and Turkey, where 7 th grade students interacted with each other via online social media as a means to promote cultural understanding.

Renee Hobbs 2017 International Handbook of Media Literacy Education Approaches to teacher professional development in digital media literacy education Journal 1 public://handbook.png /pub/approaches-teacher-professional-development-digital-media-literacy-education
Renee Hobbs & Julie Coiro 2016 May Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy Everyone Learns From Everyone: Collaborative and Interdisciplinary Professional Development in Digital Literacy Journal 1 public://Screenshot 2019-03-29 21.46.03.png /pub/everyone-learns-everyone-collaborative-and-interdisciplinary-professional-development-digital-li
Renee Hobbs 2011 March Knowledge Quest Empowering learners with digital and media literacy. Journal 1 public://Screenshot 2019-03-29 21.33.23.png /pub/empowering-learners-digital-and-media-literacy
Renee Hobbs and Lourdes Smith 2018 Primer: Massachusetts Reading Association Digital Authorship: Issues and Implications for Educators Journal 0

In this essay, the term digital authorship in examined in relation to literacy learning. We reflect on two critical issues that are sometimes overlooked features of digital literacy in relation to the pedagogical practices of digital authorship.

Renee Hobbs 2017 Educational Leadership # Teaching and Learning in a Post-Truth World Journal 0 /pub/teaching-and-learning-post-truth-world
Renee Hobbs 2016 May Journalism Education When teens create the news: Examining the impact of PBS News Hour Student Reporting Labs Journal 0 /pub/when-teens-create-news-examining-impact-pbs-news-hour-student-reporting-labs
Renee Hobbs, Nuala Cabral, Aggie Ebrahimi, Jiwon Yoon & Rawia Al-Humaidan 2011 June Action in Teacher Education Field-Based Teacher Education in Elementary Media Literacy as a Means to Promote Global Understanding Journal 0 /pub/field-based-teacher-education-elementary-media-literacy-means-promote-global-understanding
Katie Donnelly 2008 March SIMILE: Studies in Media and Information Literacy # Youth Participation and Media Literacy on Journal 0 The N is an edgy nighttime network for teens that is owned by Viacom and currently available in 55 million homes. /pub/youth-participation-and-media-literacy-ncom
Renee Hobbs 2004 January Advertising and Society Review # Does Media Literacy Work? An Empirical Study of Learning How to Analyze Advertisements Journal 0 Many school districts are implementing media literacy programs in high schools that teach about the advertising production process and introduce students to techniques for critically analyzing media messages. In this study, students who learned how to /pub/does-media-literacy-work-empirical-study-learning-how-analyze-advertisements
Tiede, J., Grafe, S. & Hobbs, R. 2015 August Peabody Journal of Education 90 Pedagogical Media Competencies of Preservice Teachers in Germany and the United States: Comparative Analysis of Theory/Practice Journal /pub/pedagogical-media-competencies-preservice-teachers-germany-and-united-states-comparative-analysi
Hobbs, R. and Moore, David Cooper 2014 December Journal of Media Literacy Education Cineykyd: Exploring the Origins of Youth Production Journal /pub/cineykyd-exploring-origins-youth-production
Hobbs, R. He, H. & RobbGrieco, M. 2014 November TESOL Journal Seeing, Believing and Learning to be Skeptical: Supporting Language Learning Through Advertising Analysis Activities Journal This study documents how a high school ESL teacher working with new immigrants ages 14–20 supported the development of their critical thinking and English language skills by using advertising analysis activities. The article examines the use of /pub/language-learning-advertising-analysis
Hobbs, R., Donnelly, K., Friesem, J. & Moen, M. 2013 November Educational Media International Learning to engage: how positive attitudes about the news, media literacy, and video production contribute t Journal /pub/learning-engage-how-positive-attitudes-about-news-media-literacy-and-video-production-contribute
Hobbs, R. & RobbGrieco, M. 2012 November Journal of Children and Media African-American Children's Active Reasoning about Media Texts as a Precursor to Media Literacy in the United States Journal /pub/african-american-childrens-active-reasoning-about-media-texts-precursor-media-literacy-united-st
Hobbs, R. 2011 September Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media The State of Media Literacy: A Response to Potter Journal /pub/state-media-literacy-response-potter
Hobbs, R., Yoon, J. & Al-Humaidan, R. Ebrahimi, A., Cabral, N., 2011 August Journal of Middle East Media # Online Digital Media in Elementary School Journal /pub/online-digital-media-elementary-school
Cappello, G., Felini, D. & Hobbs, R. 2011 December Journal of Media Literacy Education Reflections on Global Development in Media Literacy Education: Bridging Theory and Practice Journal /pub/reflections-global-development-media-literacy-education-bridging-theory-and-practice
Hobbs, R. 2011 Journal of Media Literacy Education What A Difference 10 Years Can Make: Research Possibilities for the Future of Media Literacy Education Journal /pub/what-difference-10-years-can-make-research-possibilities-future-media-literacy-education
Primack, B & Hobbs, R. 2009 American Journal of Health Behavior # Which specific components of media literacy are most strongly associated with adolescent smoking? Journal /pub/which-specific-components-media-literacy-are-most-strongly-associated-adolescent-smoking