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Validity and Reliability of Assessment
- How does the assessment tie back to the desired results (understandings, knowledge, skills, and values)?
If the desired result is for learners to...
(Enduring Understandings) understand...
- that searching for information is often nonlinear and iterative, requires evaluation of a range of information, and requires mental flexibility to understand that searching can be complex (Searching as Strategic Exploration)
(Essential Questions) thoughtfully consider the questions...
- what is the best resource to use to find specific articles?
- what is the most straight forward strategy to use to quickly find articles on a specific topic?
- what articles are freely available on the Internet and which ones require a subscription?
(Knowledge/Skills/Values) know... be able to... value...
- determine an appropriate scope of investigation (Research as Inquiry)
- use various research methods, based on need, circumstance, and type of inquiry (Research as Inquiry)
- synthesize ideas gathered from multiple sources (Research as Inquiry)
- determine the initial scope of the task required to meet their information needs (Searching as Strategic Exploration)
- match information needs and search strategies to appropriate search tools (Searching as Strategic Exploration)
- design and refine needs and search strategies as necessary, based on search results (Searching as Strategic Exploration)
- understand how information systems (i.e., collections of recorded information) are organized in order to access relevant information (Searching as Strategic Exploration)
- use different types of searching language (e.g., controlled vocabulary, keywords, natural language) appropriately (Searching as Strategic Exploration)
- manage searching processes and results effectively (Searching as Strategic Exploration)
Then you need evidence of the student's ability to...
- quickly find and access articles that are needed for class assignments
That suggests the need for specific tasks or tests like...
- a scale that measures their satisfaction with their skills and ability to find articles
The templates used come from:
Baer, A., Johnson, B., Matts-Benson, L. (2017, December). "Engaging with ACRL Framework: A Catalyst for Exploring and Expanding Teaching Practices." Chicago: American Library Association
The material for the templates is made available through CC-BY-NC-SA 3.0
Content created by H. Loewen