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Tuning up a CMLL toolbox: analyzing Web-based applications for critical media literacy learning

Rida Afrilyasanti (Department of English, Universitas Negeri Malang, Malang, Indonesia)
Yazid Basthomi (Department of English, Universitas Negeri Malang, Malang, Indonesia)
Evynurul Laily Zen (Universitas Negeri Malang, Malang, Indonesia)

Interactive Technology and Smart Education

ISSN: 1741-5659

Article publication date: 23 September 2022

Issue publication date: 27 October 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to evaluate Web-based applications for teaching critical media literacy. It proposes modeling for criteria to evaluate Web-based applications for critical media literacy learning. The study aims to critically analyze the applications based on their potential for critical media literacy learning (CMLL), learner compatibility, authenticity, beneficial impact, practicability, engagement and support.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper was addressed by the walkthrough method, which provides underpinning analysis of the applications combined with content analysis to gain further deeper insight into users’ applications and application appropriation to accommodate critical media literacy instructions. The applications are organized according to their utilization in each sort of CMLL, namely, media understanding and analysis, and media production.

Findings

The paper describes how to select appropriate applications for critical media literacy instruction. It suggests a list of applications that can help teachers integrate critical media literacy into their classroom instruction, as well as the results of each application’s evaluation. In summary, the results indicated the importance of meticulous selection criteria and evaluations of applications used for critical media literacy integration in teaching.

Research limitations/implications

Because technology and applications are constantly evolving, ongoing research in this area is always required. Furthermore, researchers are encouraged to test the proposed hypotheses further.

Practical implications

The paper discusses the implications for technology selection in teaching, the development of selection criteria and managing the balance between technological advancement and teaching. In a nutshell, this paper practically contribute to shed light on the framework for CMLL application selection and adoption.

Social implications

The paper provides comprehensive guidance for teachers on how to select applications for critical media literacy integration teaching, as well as lists of application evaluations that they can easily use.

Originality/value

This paper fills a gap in the literature by investigating how digital media and technologies can be used in the classroom and how they are chosen based on the needs of teachers and students.

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Citation

Afrilyasanti, R., Basthomi, Y. and Zen, E.L. (2022), "Tuning up a CMLL toolbox: analyzing Web-based applications for critical media literacy learning", Interactive Technology and Smart Education, Vol. 19 No. 4, pp. 544-567. https://doi.org/10.1108/ITSE-07-2022-0088

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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