Information-Seeking Skills Test for Freshman

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A program at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, requires freshman to pass an Information-Seeking Skills Test (ISST) during their freshman year. They complete eight online self-instruction modules, then take the web-based test of 53 items. If they don't pass or do not take the test a hold is placed on their registration. All first year students must pass and this is recorded on their transcript. This computerized, multiple-choice test was 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.

http://www.jmu.edu/gened/info_lit_general.shtml

http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl//events/pdf/cameron.pdf

Would the U of MN Libraries be able to implement a similar program?


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Great model. Have you taken a look at the test? Is it available for us to use? As we are working on the Unravel redesign we can exploring this idea--of at least baby steps to this idea.

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