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Findings after library orientation pre-post quiz (Fall 2010 - Spring 2011)

Question 1: What is the purpose of your assessment?

     CC Library will design a pre-test and post-test assessment quiz that is expected to measure changes in student learning of IC skills listed in SLO 1 and 2.

Question 2: What is your pre-post-test data collection procedure?

     This is our second attempt to assess student IC skills after a library orientation.  Students were asked to complete four questions (pre-test) at both the beginning of the library orientation. While taking the pre-test at the beginning of a library orientation, students are not expected to know the answers to all four questions. They, however, are expected to utilize previous knowledge to predict rational answers. At the end of the library orientation, students were asked to complete four questions (post-test). When taking the post-test at the end of a library orientation, students are expected to answer more questions correctly based on an increase in knowledge and understanding.

Question3 : What was the average pre-test class point score for all classes?
     As a "rule of thumb", if 75 - 80% of the students average scores total above 80 on the pre-test, this would indicate that most of the students already know the subject matter.  For this Cuyamaca Library orientation assessment, our pre-test results showed an average score of 62.5% (see table below).

Question 4: What was the average post-test class point score for all classes?
     As a "rule of thumb", if 75 - 80% of the students average scores total above 80 on the pre-test, this would indicate that most of the students already know the subject matter.  For this Cuyamaca Library orientation assessment, our post-test results showed an average score of 73.6% (see table below). When examining the post-test class point scores for all classes (N=225), it was determined that the average score was 73.6%, ranging from 56.4% to 91.2%


Pre-test percentages Post test percentages
Q1. 62 Q1. 69.9
Q2. 65.8 Q2. 91.2
Q3. 55.1 Q3. 76.9
Q4. 67.8 Q 4 56.4
Average of all questions is 62.5% Average of all four questions is 73.6%

Question 5: When comparing pre-test and post-test class point scores was there a significant difference in scores (either positive or negative)?

Directions:
Select one "general rule of thumb" from the list below:
General interpretation of "general rule of thumb"1,2,3 CC Library RESULTS: Did CC Library orientation assessment results fall under one of these
1. post-test scores higher then pre-test scores students have learned certain topics Yes. Post-test scores were higher. See comments below ***
2. pre-test and post-test scores the same student has not learned topic;
revise content and/or assessment
No
3. post-test score is lower than pre-test score student has not learned topic; revise content and/or assessment No

***Explanation for Q5:

     Students post-test scores were higher than pre-test scores. Therefore students have learned the IC skills listed in SLO 1,2. When comparing pre-test and post-test class point scores for the whole group (N=225), the average frequency pre-test score was 62.5% and the average frequency post-test was 73.6%, yielding a percentage difference of +11 %. While this 11% difference is positive, it was also found to be statistically significant. When a correlation was performed, the pre-test and post-test were significantly correlated at the .204 level (p=.002), meaning that the tests measure the same concepts. Further, the results of a paired sample test statistics yield significance at the .00 level (p<.001), meaning that for the whole group the difference between the pre-test average score and the post-test average score was statistically significant.

Question 6: What aspects of the data collection process were effective? What can be improved?

Student were able to complete pre-tests and post-tests in a timely manner. We decided to limit the number of pre-test questions to 4 and the number of pos-test questions to 4.

 

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