Immersion 99 Assessment Sample
Based on project in the
Institute for Information Literacy
Using Questions as Keys to Answers:
(as per Debra Gilchrist’s Assessment presentation)
1. What do I want the student to be able to do?
2. What does the student need to know in order to do this well?
3. How will you know the student is doing this well? What evidence do
4. What is the activity that will bring about the learning?
5. How will the student demonstrate the learning?
Find two scholarly and two popular articles on a topic.
Upon completion of instruction, the student will be able to effectively and
successfully utilize library resources to meet their information needs.
To define the search strategy on a topic while searching the online
To recognize various possibilities for searching,
such as author, keyword, subject.
To use appropriate vocabulary including synonyms
for keyword searching.
To apply Boolean logic to keyword searching,
such as "and," "or," or "not."
To distinguish between different fields in the record
and identify their significance, such as "bibl." in the
Special Features Field, "pp." for the length of the article,
Journal in the Source Field, etc.
In order to find the scholarly and popular articles,
students should know how to use the online periodical index,
and that the best strategy for this particular assignment
is using keyword searching (boolean logic). Students
should know how to interpret the various fields of the record.
These concepts will transfer to using other online indexes.
Verbal assessments will be used for their immediacy,
which will allow the instruction to be flexible.
a). Which connector do you use with at least two keywords
to narrow down your topic?
b). Did any of the first ten articles have keywords in the title?
c). How many articles out of the first ten hits/records had a bibliography?
a). Raise your hand if you used "and" to narrow down your topic.
b). How do you know that the keywords appear in the Title of your
article? (answer: in the Title field).
c). Which field of the record does the bibliography indicator appear, the
Abstract Field, or the Special Feature Field?