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TRAILS: Tool for Real-time Assessment of Information Literacy Skills

TRAILS: Tool for Real-time Assessment of Information Literacy Skills
Tip for using the same student codes across sessions: You will need to create a new session. In the STUDENT CODES section, click on "Yes, copy from a closed session" and select the former session name from the drop-down menu. This is a useful feature if you plan to give a post-test. [3/12/2014] Benchmarks for 2012-13 are now available: When you log in, there is a benchmark option under "My Account". Along with the national benchmark, state figures are given for those assessments that were administered to at least 500 students at the targeted grade level. [11/30/2013] Preparing your students for college?

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Information Literacy Test The Information Literacy Test (ILT) is a computerized, multiple-choice test developed collaboratively by the JMU Center for Assessment and Research Studies (CARS) and JMU Libraries. It is designed to assess the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education. These standards call for an information literate student to: Determine the nature and extent of the information needed;Access needed information effectively and efficiently;Evaluate information and its sources critically and incorporate selected information into his or her knowledge base and value system;Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose;Understand many of the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information and access and use information ethically and legally. The ILT measures Standards 1, 2, 3, and 5.

Characteristics of Programs of Information Literacy that Illustrate Best Practices: A Guideline Approved by the ACRL Board, June 2003, revised January 2012. Note: Links within the text will take you to an annotation of the highlighted terms. Overview The “Characteristics of Programs of Information Literacy that Illustrate Best Practices: A Guideline” attempts to articulate elements of exemplary information literacy programs for undergraduate students at four- and two-year institutions. Learning Spaces for Digital-Age Skills One of the main drawbacks to a passive learning environment is that it provides few opportunities for students to develop the skills that are so important in the digital-age workplace. When teachers control the topics and pace of learning, the ways students access knowledge, and the ways they demonstrate what they’ve learned, students can’t develop their creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving skills. And when the only audience for student work is the teacher, students can’t develop the flexible, effective communication skills they need in a digital age. All digital-age skills are, of course, important. But it is collaboration that is often identified as among the most critical skills for the future workplace. It is also fundamental to active learning.

10 Google Search Tips All Students Can Use I'm often asked for recommendations on how to help students use Google more effectively. This morning I sat down and thought about the recommendations that I make most frequently when I am asked. I wrote up my list and put it into PDF form for you to download and print if you like. A few things about the PDF. THRESHOLD ACHIEVEMENT About the Test The Threshold Achievement Test of Information Literacy will be field tested in the academic year 2015-16. The test will be organized in 4 modules, each designed to be administered separately. The content for each module is inspired by one or more of the frames of the ACRL IL Framework.

Carol Kuhlthau In the first stage, initiation, a person becomes aware of a gap in knowledge or a lack of understanding, where feelings of uncertainty and apprehension are common. At this point,the task is merely to recognize a need for information. Thoughts center on contemplating the problem, comprehending the task, and relating the problem to prior experience and personal knowledge. Actions frequently involve discussing possible avenues of approach or topics to pursue. In the second stage, selection, the task is to identify and select the general topic to be investigated and the approach to be pursued.

edutopia April 2015 marks the 30th anniversary of School Library Month. As our libraries evolve in the age of digital information, they need our help more than ever to stay well-funded and supported so they can grow in their critical role as advocates of technology and information literacy. Should they become learning commons, gathering places for trading information, technology hotspots, makerspaces, or all of the above? The possibilities are wide open, as you'll see in this playlist of videos about the future of libraries. The Wild West world of open-access journals A hoax science paper written to expose lazy or unscrupulous academic publishers was accepted for publication by a shocking 157 open-access science journals recently. In a sting operation conducted by the journal Science, contributing correspondent John Bohannon uncovered a "Wild West" landscape among fee-seeking publishers -- a portion of which use false addresses, false names, overseas bank accounts and superficial "peer reviews" on a routine basis. "From humble and idealistic beginnings a decade ago, open-access scientific journals have mushroomed into a global industry, driven by author publication fees rather than traditional subscriptions," wrote Bohannon, a molecular biologist and science reporter.

Assessments of Information Literacy available online (Information Literacy Assessments) Forced-choice Tests (e.g., multiple-choice, true/false) Authentic Assessments (see Authentic Assessment Toolbox) History Information Literacy Assessment -- by A. Taylor - brief Sample Assignments -- from University of Maryland University College Portfolio Assessment -- from Teesside University -- description of portfolio assignments can be found in the appendix of this article, beginning on p. 32 Information Literacy Skills Survey -- from the Plano (Texas) Independent School District -- a series of fill-in-the-blank and short essay questions for the middle school level LILO (Learning Information Literacy Online) Tutorial plus Rubrics -- from the University of Hawai'i Libraries -- The first link takes you to an online tutorial that can be used as part of a course or completed independently.

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