Assessment of information literacy skills among first year students

  • Zali Yager La Trobe University
  • Fiona Salisbury La Trobe University
  • Linda Kirkman La Trobe University


The development of research and information literacy skills in first year students is essential, but challenging.  Approaches to developing these skills that are embedded within subject design, and use a blended approach between online and face-to-face delivery are considered best practice in this area.  However research has yet to identify the most appropriate form of assessment of these skills. 
We used constructive alignment to embed research skills in a first year subject. Students were assessed on their research skills using a diagnostic online quiz in week one, and then in week six, their application of their skills in their assignment was assessed using a rubric. We created a matched sample of the results on these two forms of assessment that included 227 students.  Our main aim was to determine whether there was a relationship between quiz and rubric scores, and to assess the practical relevance of the quiz in terms of identifying students who might be in need of additional support.  We found a small, but significant, positive correlation between quiz and rubric results and conclude that both the quiz and the rubric are useful forms of assessment, and that there are benefits to using both within an embedded curriculum.
Apr 19, 2013
How to Cite
YAGER, Zali; SALISBURY, Fiona; KIRKMAN, Linda. Assessment of information literacy skills among first year students. The International Journal of the First Year in Higher Education, [S.l.], v. 4, n. 1, p. 59-71, apr. 2013. ISSN 1838-2959. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 16 aug. 2018. doi:


transition; generic skills; information literacy

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