Goebel - Gathering evidence in information literacy assessment and evaluation

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Goebel - Gathering evidence in information literacy assessment and evaluation

  1. 1. gathering evidence in information literacyassessment and evaluationwww.library.ualberta.ca/augustana/infolit/wassail/ Nancy Goebel Augustana Campus Library University of Alberta (Canada) LILAC | April 20, 2011
  2. 2. what the heck…is WASSAIL?WASSAIL is: • open source • database-driven • web-based application … • employing • PHP • MySQL, and • Javascript/AJAX technologies. Now in English: Augustana’s information literacy [[ assessment software that we share with others
  3. 3. what does WASSAIL do?facilitates questionnaire / survey / test data acquisition storage reporting / data analysisSo, everything is housed in one place which makesfor ease of data protection, backup and use!
  4. 4. WASSAIL at Augustana pre-/post tests “one-shots”
  5. 5. WASSAIL at Augustana pre-/post tests survey of graduates “one-shots” customized surveys
  6. 6. WASSAIL basics start with an empty database, then … add questions create templates input data generate reports manually demographicsvia web “tests” / “questionnaires” limit to specific responses quantitative and/or qualitative
  7. 7. add questions1) Select type of question: 2) Enter question text:
  8. 8. add questions (continued)3) Select a category (e.g. controlled vocabulary): Categories elected here: Publications Periodicals Citation 4) Add tag(s) (e.g. standard indicator, keywords, etc): Tags entered here: MLA, ACRL1.2.c and ACRL 2.5.d
  9. 9. add questions (continued)5a) Enter custom answers: Answer #2 is correct and indicated here with a green arrow and in reports with a gold bar
  10. 10. add questions (continued) 5b) OR… enter answers provided by WASSAIL: scaled answers commonly used responses Strongly Agree Strongly Disagree I am not sure Never Often I do not know Poor Good I prefer not to answer True/False Not applicable
  11. 11. add questions (continued) Type Thesummary is Textupdated as differentcomponents Categoriesare entered Tags Answers Note, if relevant, thecorrect answer indicator
  12. 12. group questions into templates Template questions Template name Template = names
  13. 13. make template into web form I really appreciated learning this just in time to do research for my paper. I feel a lot better now. Thanks!
  14. 14. make template into web form (continued) Web forms can: Be public or password protected Facilitate document/assignment upload Have an expiry date Send new submission confirmation emails And more …
  15. 15. generate reports a) Reports are run using a combination of criteria including: Template name(s) Course (s) Year(s) Term(s) Type(s) of “test” – pre/post, one-shot, survey
  16. 16. generate reports (continued) b) Reports provide quantitative analysis and qualitative summaries
  17. 17. gains analysis Compares the quantitative results from a pre-test to a post-testQuestion/answers PRE-test responses POST-test NET change responses 40% increase from pre- to post-test
  18. 18. administering WASSAILbehind the scenes there are 3 basic points: installation instance users • read levels • write • write unconditionally of • reports acess • edit help • modify accounts
  19. 19. ACRL innovation award … WASSAIL was the 2010 winner of the Association of College and Research Libraries’Instruction Innovation Achievement Award (presented in Washington, DC, USA at the American Library Association conference)
  20. 20. More information:www.library.ualberta.ca/augustana/infolit/wassail/ nancy.goebel@ualberta.ca

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