How Does a Pre-Assessment of Off-Campus Students' Information Literacy Affect the Effectiveness of Library Instruction?
Casey, Anne Marie, Central Michigan University Libraries
Ivanitskaya, Lana, Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions; DuFord, Susan, Central Michigan University; Craig, Monica, Central Michigan University Libraries Off-campus Library Services
Central Michigan University
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RRSA; Information literacy; Outcome effectiveness; Instructional effectiveness; Information literacy -- Ability testing; Library orientation for college students; Academic libraries -- Off-campus services; Educational tests and measurements;
This study investigates the impact pre-tests have on the effectiveness of library instruction when students are given feedback on their pre-test performance. Librarians and academic faculty partnered to measure library instruction outcomes in two Master's degree classes. The Research Readiness Self-Assessment (RRSA) was used as a pre-test (before instruction) and a post-test (after instruction) in Class 1 and as a post-test only in Class 2. Students who completed both tests performed significantly better on a post-test, earning higher scores on obtaining information and overall information literacy. They reported greater library/research experience and less reliance on browsing. Compared to students who did not take a pre-test, students who received pre-test-based feedback had higher scores on library/research experience and lower scores on reliance on browsing. To enhance the effectiveness of library instruction, students can be given pre-test-based feedback that compares their actual and perceived literacy and encourages the use of library databases.
Casey, A.M., Ivanitskaya, L., DuFord, S.,and Craig, M., (2008) Off-Campus Library Services Conference, Mathson, S. M., & Garrison, J. A. The Thirteenth Off-Campus Library Services Conference proceedings. Mt. Pleasant, MI: Central Michigan University, 187-198.