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Integrated Assessment: Information Literacy

Information Literacy

Acquire, analyze, organize and evaluate information through technological and traditional means.


1. Determine the nature and scope of information needed for a specific task.
2. Critically evaluate and organize information sources and content.
3. Acquire and use information ethically and legally.

Criteria 4-Advanced 3-Competent 2-Developing 1-Beginning *N/A
Multiple Perspectives
Ability to identify and present various points of view of the topic
All sources reflect multiple and/or conflicting perspectives, but also incorporate sources that represent less popular/traditional perspectives or perspectives contrary to the student’s point of view. The majority of sources reflect multiple and/or conflicting perspectives. Half or fewer sources reflect multiple perspectives. All sources listed in bibliography are cited in the text, but student relies too heavily on a single source. Majority or all sources reflect only a single perspective. Some sources listed in bibliography are not cited in the text.  
Authority of Sources
Ability to critically analyze and select reputable sources appropriate to the level of the assignment.
All sources are valid and have a level of authority that fits the topic. The student selected superior sources (highly authoritative authors, journals, or presses; sources representing changes over time). The majority of sources have a level of authority that fits the topic. Half or fewer sources have a level of authority that fits the topic. Majority or all sources lack a level of authority that fits the topic.  
Appropriate Sources
Ability to evaluate and select relevant sources for the topic and assignment
All sources are from appropriate disciplines and add substantially to the discussion of the research topic. The majority of sources are from appropriate disciplines and add to the discussion of the research topic. Half or fewer sources are from appropriate disciplines and/or some add little to the discussion of the research topic. Majority or all sources are not appropriate. Many of the selected sources add nothing to the discussion of the research topic.  
Citations and Formatting
Ability to attribute sources and follow recommended style guide therefore avoiding plagiarism
There are only minor errors in citations that do not affect accuracy. There are few errors in citations and/or formatting, but accuracy may be affected. There are multiple errors in citations and/or formatting that negatively impact accuracy. No citations present and/or did not follow formatting requirements.  

*The N/A category is to be used in a situation when ONE of the rubric criteria is not applicable to the chosen assessment. For example, if Multiple Perspectives was not part of the original assessment, then you select N/A for that row. Point totals will be adjusted accordingly when the final data is aggregated. Faculty are strongly encouraged to align assessments to the rubric. If you feel the need to select N/A for multiple criteria, then the assessment measure should be adjusted or replaced by a more appropriate one. If you need help with this process, please contact the Assessment Team: .

Recommended Assessment Measures (Ferris State):

05) Short written report
06) Medium written report
07) Long written report
08) Student projects
10) Student portfolios
11) Capstone projects
12) Oral presentations
13) Student performances

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Types of Assessments & CCAC Examples:

Written Reports
Develop a short essay or research paper using outside sources
Find and review a scholarly journal article (written paper)
Develop an annotated bibliography
Analyze the strengths and weaknesses of one or multiple sources
Develop a business plan based on researched market needs
Rate and summarize 3 different resources provided on a topic (blog/wiki, article, publication) to rate and summarize; then find 3 of that fit the same rankings
Retrieve an example of ‘fake news’ and correct the misinformation
Perform a source evaluation by retrieving and comparing two sources of information on the same topic (Academic vs. Popular)
Conduct a web evaluation, by finding a Wikipedia article that has incorrect information and improve it by incorporating and citing scholarly sources

Student Performance
Present an oral speech based on a researched topic requiring outside sources
Find, review and present a scholarly journal article
Conduct an interview with questions based on prior research
Create a short video describing a topic of interest, presenting multiple views and citing sources
Creating an infographic or presentation to explain a topic of interest citing proper research on the topic


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