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AS91072 Demonstrate understanding of basic concepts of digital media
To achieve the standard the learner needs to demonstrate understanding of basic concepts of digital media which involves:
- identifying the digital media types in a digital media outcome
- describing the software resources used to create a digital media outcome
- describing techniques used to create a digital media outcome
- describing design elements in a digital media outcome
- describing the communication purpose of a digital media outcome
- describing the ethical considerations related to a digital media outcome.
To progress to Merit learners need to demonstrate in-depth understanding of basic concepts of digital media which involves:
- describing how distinguishing characteristics of a digital media outcome support its communication purpose
- explaining how software resources and techniques used affected the technical quality of a digital media outcome
- describing the importance of the ethical considerations applied in the creation of a digital media outcome.
and for Excellence demonstrate comprehensive understanding of basic concepts of digital media which involves:
- discussing why the distinguishing characteristics of a digital media outcome supports its communication purpose
- discussing why software resources and techniques were used to create a digital media outcome and how they affected its technical quality
- explaining why ethical considerations were important in the creation of a digital media outcome.
Explanatory Note 3 gives examples of the digital media types and outcomes. If learners are researching print media it should be multipage.
The Conditions of Assessment document states that the assessor should provide opportunities for learners to explore a range of digital media outcomes in order to discuss the software resources, tools, techniques, design elements and ethical considerations used in their development.
Some activities are basing the evidence collection around learners planning their own outcomes. To achieve at Excellence level (comprehensive understanding), a learner should look at more than their own practice. That is, learners would need to demonstrate the knowledge from the wider community/existing outcomes that influenced/s their decision- making to produce their digital outcome.
Learners can achieve this standard by researching one Digital media outcome. They need to produce evidence in the report of more than one of each of the following:
- software resources
- design elements
- ethical considerations.
The following definitions may be useful when reviewing evidence for this standard
To describe means to give a detailed account of something, to say what it looks like or what it does. The features or characteristics of something are part of a description, and a definition often includes a description. A description answers the questions "what is it like?" and "what does it do?"
To explain means to give a reason or reasons – an explanation answers the question "why?" or "how does that work?" If the text includes "because" or "so that", it will be to explain something.
To discuss means to examine something in detail so as to reach a decision. This usually means that more than one perspective is put forward and actively considered. So as part of discussions we may get "compare and contrast". The learner evidence should offer a balanced and considered review that is supported by evidence.
Evidence for this achievement standard would be expected to be gathered from in-class and homework activities to be completed by individual learners over a period of time specified by the assessor. This evidence may be generated from discussion, individual research, decision making and/or reflection and will be presented as a separate report produced in any media that clearly communicates the learner’s understanding of basic concepts of digital media.
Evidence in this standard should include screen shots or scans of the original media with the learner making clear reference back to the media being researched.
Conditions Of assessment, Body of Knowledge, Key Messages, Technology Teaching and Learning Guide and exemplar assessments are available from Technology Online or TKI.