The evaluation of a digital information literacy program

Anne Sieberhagen, Linda Cloete

Abstract


The article reports on the evaluation of a digital information literacy program (DILP) to determine the programs effectiveness in enhancing students digital information literacy skills. The DILP was originally designed and developed for the South African student, as member of Generation Y, but was adapted after identifying the demographics and characteristics of Generation Z. This information was incorporated in the existing DILP, therefore making the DILP applicable to and useful for both Generations Y and Z. New learning technologies were identified and incorporated in the DILP to enhance students learning experience. An analysis of reported research indicated that there is a lack in the evaluation of programs to determine their effectiveness in enhancing the digital information literacy skills of students by using an outcomes assessment instrument. The development of an outcomes assessment instrument, which is based on internationally benchmarked information literacy competency standards and their outcomes, are presented. Evidence is provided of the effectiveness of the program in order to prove its worth as an instructional program. Recommendations are made on how digital information literacy programs may be improved to be more effective in enhancing students digital information literacy skills

Keywords


Program Evaluation; Digital Information Literacy; Web-based Tutorials; Academic Libraries; Outcomes assessment

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7553/80-2-33

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