Bonnie J. M. Swoger SUNY Geneseo
Using a standardized assessment <ul><li>Pros </li></ul><ul><li>Cons </li></ul><ul><li>Time savings (no need to develop a n...
About Project SAILS <ul><li>Standardized Assessment of Information Literacy Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Developed by Kent Sta...
About the Assessment <ul><li>Each student answers 45 questions from a bank of 150. </li></ul><ul><li>30-60 minutes </li></...
Sample Questions
Sample Questions cont.
Our administration of SAILS <ul><li>200 students </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Emails to students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flyer...
Results <ul><li>Results are emailed as a PDF after the semester in which the assessment was administered. </li></ul><ul><l...
 
Our Results <ul><li>Students who had participated in a library instruction intensive class tend to do better than those wh...
Our Results Continued <ul><li>Students increase skills in four areas: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Selecting Finding Tools </li><...
Conclusions <ul><li>Challenge getting enough test takers for statistically significant results </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Colla...
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  • Sails Assessment

    1. 1. Bonnie J. M. Swoger SUNY Geneseo
    2. 2. Using a standardized assessment <ul><li>Pros </li></ul><ul><li>Cons </li></ul><ul><li>Time savings (no need to develop a new assessment from scratch) </li></ul><ul><li>Ability to compare with other schools </li></ul><ul><li>Assessment has already been validated </li></ul><ul><li>Cost </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of access to individual student data </li></ul><ul><li>Less flexibility </li></ul>
    3. 3. About Project SAILS <ul><li>Standardized Assessment of Information Literacy Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Developed by Kent State University </li></ul><ul><li>Assessment was independently validated against SAT scores and another info. Lit. assessment. </li></ul><ul><li>www.projectsails.org </li></ul><ul><li>$3 per student, max of $2000 </li></ul>
    4. 4. About the Assessment <ul><li>Each student answers 45 questions from a bank of 150. </li></ul><ul><li>30-60 minutes </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge based questions based on ACRL information literacy standards </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Standards are further refined into 8 “skill sets” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Demographic questions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Class year </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Major </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Participation in a library instruction intensive class </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Sample Questions
    6. 6. Sample Questions cont.
    7. 7. Our administration of SAILS <ul><li>200 students </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Emails to students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flyers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Appeals to faculty to offer extra credit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>$3 gift certificate to the library café or $3 donation to student group charities </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Even distribution across class years </li></ul><ul><li>Some majors represented better than others </li></ul>
    8. 8. Results <ul><li>Results are emailed as a PDF after the semester in which the assessment was administered. </li></ul><ul><li>Project SAILS calculates scores and margins of error. </li></ul><ul><li>Scores are separated based on demographic questions and Project SAILS skill sets. </li></ul>
    9. 10. Our Results <ul><li>Students who had participated in a library instruction intensive class tend to do better than those who hadn’t </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This needs further examination, based on the small number of students. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Relatively little difference between majors with the exception of Business majors who tended to score lower </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Very large margins of error </li></ul></ul>
    10. 11. Our Results Continued <ul><li>Students increase skills in four areas: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Selecting Finding Tools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Searching </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Retrieving Sources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Documenting Sources </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Little to no increase in four other areas: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Developing a Research Strategy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Using Finding Tool Features </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evaluating Sources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Understanding Issues </li></ul></ul>
    11. 12. Conclusions <ul><li>Challenge getting enough test takers for statistically significant results </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Collaboration with faculty and students groups is important </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Our results are useful for library administrators in justifying the personnel expense of the expanding instruction program. </li></ul><ul><li>We won’t be using the SAILS again now, but we may repeat it in a few years. </li></ul><ul><li>Results used to inform a new home-grown assessment for our Freshman writing class. </li></ul>

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