A Computer and Information Literacy Requirements: it's History and its Assessment (NetTest)

D.H. Cooley, S. Gomm, and J. Kinkead (USA)


computer literacy, CBT, assessment, competency


During the last decade there has been a tremendous increase in the use of technology for educational purposes. The educational benefit of technology is limited if it is only used in the classroom. In order to use technology outside the classroom, it is necessary that students be at least minimally literate with respect to computers, information, and the common software tools. This paper describes a college competency that all USU students must meet. It begins with a brief history of the development of that competency requirement, then describes the requirement and its implementation, and concludes with a description of the tool used to assess that competency. A tool that is now commercially available called NetTest.

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