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Assessing Engineering Students' Information Literacy Skills: An Alpha Version of a Multiple-choice Instrument
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  • Ruth EH Wertz, Purdue University
  • Meagan Ross, Purdue University
  • Senay Purzer, Purdue University
  • Michael Fosmire, Purdue University
  • Monica Cardella, Purdue University
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This is the published version of Wertz, R.E.H, Ross, M., Purzer, S., Fosmire, M., and Cardella, M. (2011). Assessing Engineering Students' Information Literacy Skills: An Alpha Version of a Multiple-choice Instrument. Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. June 26-29, 2011 and is available at: http://www.asee.org/public/conferences/1/papers/1273/view.

Abstract
Information literacy is crucial component of developing life-long learning skills. However, few standard and easily gradable assessment tools exist to assess the information literacy competencies of learners. In this paper, we discuss the development of a multiple choice instrument designed to measure these competencies in an efficient and expedient manner, and we present results of data collected from 366 first-year engineering students. The instrument requires students to first read a technical memo and, based on the memo‟s arguments, answer eight multiple choice and two open-ended response questions. The mean score on the multiple choice portion was only 3.46 out of 8. A qualitative analysis of the open-ended responses provided more insights into students‟ abilities to identify and resolve conflicts between information sources, evaluate the reliability and relevancy of information sources, and use reliable information sources.
Keywords
  • information literacy; multiple-choice assessment; engineering education
Date of this Version
1-1-2011
Citation Information
Ruth EH Wertz, Meagan Ross, Senay Purzer, Michael Fosmire, et al.. "Assessing Engineering Students' Information Literacy Skills: An Alpha Version of a Multiple-choice Instrument" (2011)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/michael_fosmire/21/