ERIC Number: ED470643
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Dec
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Measuring Information Literacy: The "Tool Literacy" Variable.
This paper describes the development of an instrument to assess the kinds of information literacy learning that take place in online courses. It includes the following sections: (1) Overview; (2) Variables; (3) Blueprint; (4) Validity; (5) Reliability; (6) Interpretations; (7) Bibliography; and (8) See the Instrument. The author hopes that developing the assessment tool and evaluating the results of validity and reliability tests will be helpful in designing specific course content which will help students to build their information literacy skills for use in all kinds of learning. The assessment might also be helpful in teacher training as teachers become interested in using computer technologies in their classes, both on campus and online. Also, development of appropriate assessment tools will help make educators and the public aware of a special value of online education: to develop necessary information-handling skills that students will need for future employment and academic work. The paper gives a brief overview of the instrument development project, discusses the variables used in assessing growth in information literacy, provides a blueprint for the information literacy achievement continuum, details the results of the validity and reliability tests, interprets the factors which influenced the results of the pilot study, and provides recommendations for modifications to the information literacy instrument. (CB)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Curriculum Development, Educational Assessment, Online Courses, Two Year Colleges
For full text: http://smccd.net/accounts/kennedyc/rsch/instr1.htm#over.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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