Finding relevant information on the Internet, doing an online job application, communicate (internationally) trough technology and creating digital products. These are 21st century skills which are required due to the vast amount of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) that are used in our society. Although these skills are needed to be able to effectively participate in the digital society that we live in, the application of these skills seems limited in Dutch education. Measurement of ICT competences is often done through self-perception. Such indirect measurements result in validity problems because the scores are dependent on the extent to which the students are able to judge their own ICT competences.
In collaboration with Kennisnet, Maaike Heitink, Martina Meellissen, Hans Luyten and Bernard Veldkamp (department OMD) work on the development of a practical assessment instrument that directly measures students’ ICT competences. This means that in this assessment students need to apply their ICT skills in a digital environment with challenging and authentic tasks. An example is booking a vacation or creating an informative (digital) poster. The first phase of this project will focus on ‘information literacy’. Information literacy refers to the ability to collect and retrieve information, to evaluate the quality and relevance of information and to process and use information creatively. Based on the results of this phase, the instrument will be improved and extended to a monitor. This monitor will not only gather information about students’ ICT competences but also about relevant background variables (on classroom- and school-level) that influence students’ ICT competences. This instrument will be developed for Kennisnet’s national monitor called ‘Vier in Balans’.