All UCORE-designated courses are required to advance Information Literacy, totaling 34 credit hours in UCORE-designated courses that include instruction and/or engagement with Information Literacy. As such, the required first-year experience course [ROOT], other first-year foundational requirements, and the senior capstone experience course [CAPS] are required to advance Information Literacy.
WSU Learning Goal: Graduates will effectively identify, locate, evaluate, use responsibly and share information for the problem at hand. Graduates may demonstrate information literacy by:
- Determining the extent and type of information needed.
- Implementing well-designed search strategies.
- Accessing information effectively and efficiently from multiple sources.
- Assessing credibility and applicability of information sources.
- Using information to accomplish a specific purpose.
- Accessing and using information ethically and legally.
Current Evidence of Student Learning Related to Information Literacy
Click on the links for more information about current evidence of student learning from assessments aligned with Information Literacy in the context of the UCORE curriculum:
Capstone [CAPS] Assessment for UCORE
Assessing Student Learning on WSU’s Seven Learning Goals: AY 2018-19 [CAPS] Course Assessment Results
As reported in the AY 2018-19 [CAPS] Course Assessment Reporting Summary of Key Evidence for UCORE, fall 2018 assessment results indicated that, for the four required Learning Goals in [CAPS] courses, 82% of students met or exceeded expectations at the graduating senior level for Critical & Creative Thinking, 83% for Information Literacy, 82% for Integration of Learning, and 83% for written communication.Read Story
Roots of Contemporary Issues [ROOT] Assessment
Assessing Student Learning at the First-Year Level: AY 2018-19 Roots of Contemporary Issues [ROOT] Final Papers Assessment Results
As reported in the AY 2018-19 [ROOT] Final Papers Assessment Summary of Key Evidence for UCORE, assessment results indicated that, on average, 67% of first-year students met or exceeded expectations at the first-year undergraduate level at the end of their UCORE first-year experience [ROOT] course on rubric outcomes related to Information Literacy. Additionally, on average, 66% met or exceeded expectations for outcomes related to Depth, Breadth, & Integration of Learning.Read Story
National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)
Student Learning at the First-Year and Senior Level: 2019 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Results
As reported in the 2019 National Survey of Student Engagement – Summary of Key Evidence for UCORE, results from the 2019 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) indicate that nearly all WSU seniors responding to NSSE have considerable confidence in their ability to complete tasks requiring critical thinking (94%) and creative thinking (93%).
In addition to Critical and Creative Thinking, results from the 2019 NSSE also provide indirect evidence of student learning on Information Literacy, Communication, Quantitative Reasoning, Diversity, and Depth, Breadth & Integration of Learning at the first-year and senior levels for UCORE assessment—see the 2019 NSSE Summary of Key Evidence for UCORE for more information.Read Story