Number of Students at WartburgCollege Focus – Small, Private, Liberal Arts; Information Literacy Across the Curriculum ProgramImplementation Schedule; Testing Schedule; Buy-In by Faculty; Successes and Challenges
Assessing Information Literacy from the Ground Up – Creating a Culture of Assessment Kristy Motz, Randall Schroeder & Mari Kermit-Canfield Ferris State University
Testing on concepts not always covered in classes
What are we Testing? 16. A student who is deciding what topic to research for an assigned paper approaches the reference librarian and says, “This summer was too hot. I wonder if it is because of global warming?” What might be the thesis statement of this student’s paper? 1. It was too hot this summer. 2. Global warming is causing the mean temperature of the earth to rise, which could have disastrous effects on the ecosystems of the planet. 3. Did global warming cause abnormal heat around the planet? 4. We should buy hybrid vehicles because of global warming. 5. This paper will be about the effects of global warming.
Successes - Survey Questions Rank the activities on which you spent the most (4) to the least (1) time when you are on the computer.
Searching for specific information related to a school or personal task.
Communicating with individuals through Facebook/My Space, IM, or via e-mail.
Downloading movies, music or graphics.
Surfing the Internet for enjoyment or playing games.
Question Bank built for use with different classes
Individualized assessments built by individual library instructors from Question Bank
Assessments delivered electronically if possible
Survey Monkey Started in 1999, SurveyMonkey is an online survey tool that enables people of all experience levels to create their own surveys quickly and easily.
FLITE Library’s Assessment Team picked Survey Monkey because:
Seven years of pre-instruction and post-instruction information literacy testing
Based on Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education
Designed question by question to highlight targeted standards
FLITE Library’s Assessment Team picked Survey Monkey because… History Team members have previous experience with the program Easy of use User needs no statistical background User needs no knowledge of statistical software Malleable Accessible from web; in class or at home Easily printable for a paper version
We didn’t have to be perfect – we just had to start.
We created a Culture of Assessment: we refined what we did and moved on.
Next Steps Post-instruction assessment – Dec 2009 Refine questions based on data input Expand to other faculty and departments Adapt procedures for Distance Learning Write new assessments for upper-level classes