Thinking about the reading: As a result of this source type exercise at least 75% of the students will be able to identify where to look for information, and when faced with a citation, figure out where it came from.
1. Forward looking assessment. The above case is certainly a situation, but would only be applicable to the students getting BAs rather than associates degrees because associate students don't write capstone papers.. The critical thinking class I mentioned in the first week is required of all programs so I really want to consider a forward looking assessment that would encompass all students. One thought is to ask students to look up product reviews in trade publications. This would be appropriate for any program with a technical component. And, this would require that students be deliberate in their searching. Students struggle with the idea of authority and REALLY want authority to lie in the boring old academic journal, but they will not find product reviews there!
2. Criteria and Standards
In order to be deliberate in their searching, students need to formulate an information need.
This could be
a. a clear thesis statement
b. a specific data element (demographics for example)
3. Self assessment would ideally come in the form of them practicing a search and discovering it's usefulness or not. This may take the form of group work in which students attempt to determine where a source is from.
4. FIDeLity Feedback.