Developing and Assessing Students'

Skills, Knowledge, and Values

Information Literacy
The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) defines information literacy as "a set of abilities requiring individuals to 'recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.'"  ACRL developed a set of standards that can be used for assessing student achievement in information literacy.
Resources from the Association of College and Research Librarians (ACRL)
Introduction to Information Literacy
Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education 
Characteristics of Programs of Information Literacy that Illustrate Best Practices: A Guideline
Online Tutorials on Information Literacy
James Madison University:  Carrier Library's Go for the Gold
Assessments of Information Literacy
National Postsecondary Education Cooperative:  Sourcebook on Assessment (in press)
Educational Testing Services:  Information & Communication Technology Literacy Assessment
Sonoma State University Critical Thinking Consortium
Discipline Specific Resources on Information Literacy
The TLT Group (Teaching, Learning, and Technology) adapted a report on "Seven Principles for Good Practices in Undergraduate Education" (Chickering & Gamson, 1986, AAHE Bulletin) to demonstrate how technology may be used to support these practices.  The seven principles are listed below with links to the TLT Group Web site that provides a library of resources for incorporating technology for each practice.  Read also "Implementing the Seven Principles: Technology as Lever" (Chickering & Ehrmann, 1996, AAHE Bulletin).
Good Practice 1:  Encourage contact between students and faculty
Good Practice 2: Develop reciprocity and cooperation among students
Good Practice 3: Encourage active learning
Good Practice 4: Give prompt feedback
Good Practice 5: Emphasize time on task

Good Practice 6: Communicate high expectations

Good Practice 7: Respect diverse talents and ways of learning
George Mason University:  Education and Technology Resources
Middle Tennessee State University:  Classroom Assessment Techniques to assess technology skills
Portland State University:  Using technology to conduct Classroom Assessment Techniques
Quantitative Skills
Darthmouth College:  Chance
Mathematical Association of America:  Quantitative Literacy
Mathematics and Democracy: The Case for Quantitative Literacy
Web skills
The WebQuest Page
National Council of Teachers of English: Writing Assessment Position Statement
National Postsecondary Education Cooperative:  NPEC Sourcebook on Assessment
Definitions and Assessment Methods for Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Writing
Carleton College:  Sophomore Writing Portolio
Colorado State University: Writing Center and The Writing Studio
George Mason University: Assessment of Writing Across the Curriculum
Academic Writing (online journal of communication across the curiculum)
Critical Thinking
Integrating Critical Thinking Skills into the Classroom (Biology examples; Links to other sites)
Insight Assessment
Critical thinking: A statement of expert consensus... (Facione, 1990)
Motivation, Disposition, and Attribute Tools
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga:  Critical Thinking (online workshop)
Critical Thinking Consortium
National Postsecondary Education Cooperative:  NPEC Sourcebook on Assessment
Definitions and Assessment Methods for Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Writing
Washington State University's Critical Thinking Project
Discipline-specific knowledge
ACT's Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency
Reading     Writing Skills     Writing Essay     Mathematics     Science     Critical Thinking
Setting Passing Standards on Tests
Setting passing standards for employment tests
presented at 1999 Mid-Atlantic Personnel Assessment Consortium
Revised:  January 2011

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