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Title: Computers Too? Developing an Information Management Assessment Instrument in an Information Literacy-rich Environment


1
Computers Too? Developing an Information
Management Assessment Instrument in an
Information Literacy-rich Environment
GEAR Conference, November 13-14, 2003
Carla Hendrix, Associate Librarian Debra Kimok,
Visiting Assistant Librarian Plattsburgh State
University College of New York
2
Topics of Discussion
  • Context and Guiding Documents
  • Development of the Technology/Computer Literacy
    Assessment
  • Information Management Assessment
  • Course Development Beyond

3
Context and Guiding Documents
  • Required course in information literacy LIB101
  • SUNY Board of Trustees General Education
    requirements.
  • New PSU General Education plan
  • Task Force Report on Information and Computer
    Literacy

4
Context and Guiding Documents
  • SUNY Board of Trustees Information Management
    Requirement
  • Perform basic operations of personal computer
    use understand and use basic research
    techniques and locate, evaluate and synthesize
    information from a variety of sources

5
Context and Guiding Documents
  • Plattsburghs New General Education Plan
    Requirement for Information Management
  • Courses in this category will ensure that
    students have mastered the skills and concepts
    basic to information and technology
    literacy.Courses in this category will focus on
    the ability to use technology effectively and
    filter, analyze and critique information and
    experience.

6
Context and Guiding Documents
  • Task Force on Information Computer Literacy
    Computer Skills
  • Become familiar with Plattsburghs technology
    facilities and services, the essentials of using
    computers, and basic email communication and word
    processing
  • Be introduced to the potential uses of
    spreadsheets, databases, graphics and
    presentation programs
  • Be introduced to ethical, legal, and
    socioeconomic issues surrounding technology use
    at Plattsburgh and in society

7
Development of Computer Literacy Computer
Literacy Assessment
  • Library Faculty Assessment Group Membership
  • Librarians from four units Access Services,
    Information Outreach, Collection Development
    Management, Instruction Services
  • Coordinator, Instructional Technology

8
Computer Literacy Assessment
  • Issues
  • Who would teach computer literacy?
  • Who else would create assessment, if not us?
  • Who would administer assessment?
  • What format should be used for assessment?
  • Should test be online or paper?

9
Computer Literacy Assessment
  • Models
  • California State Chico State, Calpoly
  • University of Houston
  • Australian National University
  • University of Oregon

10
Computer Literacy Assessment
  • Categories
  • Familiarity with Plattsburghs Technology
    Services Facilities
  • Essentials of using computers
  • Basic email communication
  • Basic word processingin Microsoft Word
  • Basic browser use

11
Information Management Assessment
  • Merging information literacy and technology
    literacy into one test
  • Final modifications of the test
  • Assessment results raise questions for future
    exploration
  • Assessment development benefits new course
    development

12
Course Development and Beyond
  • Assessment to course development
  • Comparison of on-campus version of course with
    SLN version
  • Pencil paper assessment vs. hands-on skills
    assessment

13
Things We Learned
  • Group development of assessment brings multiple
    voices viewpoints
  • A variety of campus models can provide directions
    and guidance when embarking on assessment
    development for the first time.
  • Developing an assessment test can be a powerful
    tool to assist in the development of a new course
    or revision of an existing course.

14
Resources Contact Information
  • A resource page with links to the materials
    mentioned in this presentation is available at
  • http//faculty.plattsburgh.edu/carla.hendrix/pres
    entations/gear.htm
  • Contact Us
  • Debra Kimok debra.kimok_at_plattsburgh.edu
  • Carla Hendrix carla.hendrix_at_plattsburgh.edu
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