oa South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science - Measuring the application of information literacy skills after completion of a certificate in Information Literacy

Volume 81, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0256-8861



The current assessment method used by the Cape Peninsula University of Technology Libraries for the summative assessment of the short course, Certificate in Information Literacy (CIL), is by multiple-choice questions through the Learning Management System, Blackboard. Students also complete a pre-essay and pre-test before the training intervention and a post-essay and post-test thereafter. This research reports on how students applied their newly-taught Information Literacy (IL) skills when writing a subject-specific essay (post-essay) and how that related to their scores in the pre-essay/test and post-test. The sample of forty-two students consisted of two groups of first-year students from a single class. In this study it has been confirmed that offering a short course in IL, such as the CIL, improved the information literacy skills of students. It showed improvement in the knowledge gained by students in the multiple-choice assessment as well as the application of IL skills in their essay assignments.

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