Information Literacy Assessment for Spring 2014

Submitted by Heather Muns on

In spring 2014 EMCC/SAAC conducted its semester assessment in Information Literacy, one of seven general education abilities at EMCC. Data was collected from 20 courses with 488 students in 2014, representing a 41% increase. Library Faculty Terry Meyer graded the assessments both years, providing a high level of inter-rater reliability. The areas assessed were Framing the Research Question, Accessing Resources, Evaluation of Information Resources, and Creating an Original Work. Five instructors assessed in both 2011 and 2014, which provided a higher level of comparable reliability. The results in these five were positive, and growth in 2014 is attributed to: increased emphasis on instructor and student engagement, increased access to Library staff, and better equipped classrooms (Level 3 Learning Studios). Results in general were positive with 2014 Sophomores outperforming 2014 Freshmen in every category, and 2014 students outperforming 2011 students in three out of four categories (they did score higher in the fourth category, but not at a statistically significant level). The lowest overall scores were in Accessing Resources and Evaluation of Information Resources. 

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Average: 5 (1 vote)


Becky Baranowski Wed, 11/12/2014 - 7:04pm

I am happy to see the results of this assessment.  This is a great collaborative piece for the faculty at large and not just one area.  

James Waugh Tue, 01/13/2015 - 10:55am

Very good to have longitudinal studies!  Long term it may be worth considering some form of pre and post term assessment for all our Gen Ed ability assessments to see not just where we are but to also what impact our classes may have made.  Although it would take more class-time it will capture impact. Just a thought.

Ernest Lara Tue, 01/13/2015 - 10:56am

Encouraged to see the increase in the number of students who participated.  Also, encouraged to see that the learning studios are making a difference.