Left to right: Valencia’s Diane Dalrymple with Carolyn Radcliff of Carrick Enterprises
A Message from Stacey Johnson, President, East & Winter Park Campuses
Valencia’s very own East Campus librarian Diane Dalrymple presented at the Seventh Annual Florida Assessment meeting held on West Campus on Thursday, June 16, 2016, focusing on information literacy and program assessment.
The theme of the meeting was, “More Than What Works: Focusing on What Matters Most When Strengthening Student Success.” This annual gathering of Florida’s 28 state colleges focuses on assessment and student learning and providing support for colleagues new to the work by forming connections to leaders in the field.
Diane shared her research on the use of a standardized test to measure the information literacy skills of Valencia students. “Research is much more than Wikipedia,” stated Diane. “Students need to know how to choose the best source from many different types of sources available. Then, they have to critically evaluate the information provided. With today’s explosion of information, this process, which isn’t innate, is a vital life skill for any decision.”
Carolyn Radcliff from Carrick Enterprises of California, the publishers of the standardized test, assisted Diane during the session. Carolyn shared the methodology behind developing test questions that measure the deeper process of critical thinking and not just skill mastery.
Diane then shared that Valencia librarians have been on a six-year journey to finding a scalable assessment tool that provides actionable results. The outcomes from the first round of standardized testing were also shared, along with plans to continue testing and strategies to hold result sessions with faculty and administration.