What and when do they know? Web‐based assessment

Sue Samson (Sue Samson (ss@selway.umt.edu) is Associate Professor, Humanities Librarian, and Library Instruction Coordinator at the Mansfield Library, The University of Montana, Missoula, Montana, USA.)

Reference Services Review

ISSN: 0090-7324

Publication date: 1 December 2000


In tandem, tiered instruction and assessment offer the opportunity to analyze the outcomes of specific levels of information literacy. Tiered library instruction establishes a framework to meet the instructional needs of students at all levels of enrollment. Assessment offers a value‐added dimension to a library instruction program. It provides a beginning point to ascertain the program’s effectiveness and to guide direction for future instruction. Although assessment is considered essential to program development, a review of the literature found little information on the use of a Web‐based evaluation tool. This paper describes the development of a curriculum‐integrated and tiered instruction program over the course of five years and the implementation of a Web‐based assessment tool as a mechanism for establishing levels of information literacy.



Samson, S. (2000), "What and when do they know? Web‐based assessment", Reference Services Review, Vol. 28 No. 4, pp. 335-342. https://doi.org/10.1108/00907320010359650

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