Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

Learning Media Assessment Educational Module

This educational module is based on Tom Miller’s presentation at the 2005 ADVISOR workshop. Tom Miller’s presentation is a brief overview of the process of Learning Media Assessment.

The complete text, Learning Media Assessment: A Resource Guide for Teachers, 2nd Edition, (Alan Koenig and M. Cay Holbrook, 1995) can be purchased for $25 on the Texas School for the Blind web site: Alan Koenig recently passed away, which was a great loss to the field.

Tom Miller's presentation is "his take" on Learning Media Assessment (LMA), and his impressions based upon his growing feeling that LMA has to be done no later than age 3, if not before. Additionally, LMA needs to be looked at as a primary tool to monitor progress of students with visual impairments over time.

The Learning Media Assessment: A Resource Guide for Teachers text is structured as follows:

  • Chapter 1: Introduction (to Learning Media Assessment)
  • Chapter 2: Use of Sensory Channels
  • Chapter 3: Determining Types of General Learning Media
  • Chapter 4: Selecting Literacy Media: Initial Decision
  • Chapter 5: Selecting Literacy Media: Continuing Assessment
  • Chapter 6: Selecting Learning and Literacy Media for Students with Additional Disabilities
  • Appendices:
    • Appendix A: Texas House Bill 2277
    • Appendix B: Benefits of Braille
    • Appendix C: Continuing Assessment: Selection of Appropriate Print Media for Students with Low Vision
    • Appendix D: Qualitative Analysis System: Guidelines for Use
    • Appendix E: Reading Strategy Lessons
    • Appendix F: Selected Informal Reading Inventories
    • Appendix G: Blank Assessment Forms*
    • Appendix H: Quick Reference Guide
    • References
    • Glossary
    • Index

*Scaled-down sample versions of Appendix G (Blank Assessment Forms) can be viewed in this education module. They are not intended to be used as posted here. To use these forms, please acquire by purchasing Learning Media Assessment: A Resource Guide for Teachers.

The  FVLMA Kit: Functional Vision and Learning Media Assessment is available from American Printing House for the Blind (APH).