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Computer Literacy & Information Competency (CLIC) at Palomar College
at Palomar College
What is Information Competency?
WASC Standard II. 3b – General education learning outcomes includes:
Academic Senate's resolution on IC.
Academic Senate of the California Community Colleges
Fall 2006 Resolution 9.03
(in Word): Reaffirm the Need for Information Competency, Shaaron Vogel,
Butte College, Executive Committee
· Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges reaffirm its support for information competency for associates degrees;
· Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges conduct a survey of the certificate and degree programs in California community colleges to determine which information competency requirements have been implemented by which colleges[j2] ; and
· Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges work with local senates to encourage more colleges to require information competency for associate degrees and certificates.
MSC Disposition: Local
The following document will summarize the committee’s work thus far and provide a framework for future work to be phased in by the Computer Literacy, Information Competency subcommittee by a proposed date of fall 2008. [j1]
a. The first objective is to determine which competencies should be included in the CLIC requirement and testing and when the students should be required to master the skills and pass the exam.
b. The second objective is to implement via an integrated, and/or required approach, the CLIC competencies into the curriculum. (Integrated Approach to meeting Information Competency Learning Outcomes, Palomar College, 2007)
d. Finally, after achieving the CLIC objectives and mastering the skill set, students are prepared to compose and deliver job and internship materials that exhibit their CLIC skills for possible internships and job placement.
a. Procedures to establish the competencies would be to look at key educational research and leadership in this area. Statewide initiatives such as WASC mandates, Student Learning Outcomes and Basic Skills Initiatives and State Level Funding for Career and Technical Education pathways will be cited throughout this document.
Partner with the Palomar College Counseling and Assessment center and various
technology committees campus-wide to formulate and develop assessments.
Could include Blackboard testing, online tutorials, sample questions,
sample tests, independent activities and resource sites, internal student
workshops, PD workshops to train faculty on CLIC module integration, existing
course integration of CLIC modules.
See sample websites at CSUSM ,
http://www.csusm.edu/iits/ccr/index.htm and the
c. Using Blackboard or an independently developed web testing tool, to assess student CLIC skills.
i. Two assessments for AA and transfer track students
1. Information Competency testing
2. Computer Literacy testing
ii. One assessment in Computer Literacy for Certificate of Proficiency and Certificate of Achievement students
d. Counseling to Job Search and Internships classes and resources on campus.
3. Expected impacts and Student Learning Outcomes
An articulated computer
curriculum for students K-6 through college for areas surrounding
b. Higher and more standardized skill levels in Computer Literacy and Information Competency, which are essential and critical skills in today’s schools and the workplace
c. Less frustration on the part of students when using computers in classes at Palomar and other educational institutions
d. Higher retention of students with little or no computer skills
e. Reduction in internal competition and increase in productive collaboration between 3 areas on our campus that offer computer curriculum: Business Education, CSIS, and RCSIS
f. More success in finding internships and producing in an internship position
g. More success in job search and on the job due to increased CLIC skills
h. Foundational and higher level CLIC learning and testing allows students to perform at higher levels in all classes
i. Critical thinking skills are improved
j. Research skills are improved
k. Faculty in classes that integrate technology are teaching less remedial computer literacy and information competency skills
Rationale for Information Competency in the General Education Curriculum
Why implement an information
competency general education curriculum at
· To help students become life-long learners and meet College’s mission of learning for success
· In today’s information driven environment, there is a demand for workers who are able to find, evaluate and use information appropriately
· WASC Standard II. 3b – General education learning outcomes includes:
o A capability to be a productive and life-long learner: skills include oral and written communication, information competency, computer literacy, scientific and quantitative reasoning, critical analysis/logical thinking, and the ability to acquire knowledge through a variety of means. (reference site)
· Student Learning Outcomes and Basic Skills Initiative – computer literacy is a basic skill and must be included in assessment, curriculum and outcomes, (reference SLO’s nationwide and at Palomar[j6] )
Articulations with K-12,
· Focus on Career Technical Education, partnerships, articulations and internships, Chancellor’s Office Grant Site, Senate Bill (SB70). (http://www.cccco.edu/divisions/esed/sb70/strengthen.htm)
The CLIC initiative is internal in its origin, and implementation, but reaches
to middle and high schools, CC’s and
The target audience is all
Pilot testing of CLIC skills will be implemented Spring 2009 by the Business Education, CSIS, RCSIS and Counseling departments and delivered via Blackboard to existing classes in each of these departments, by CLIC committee members. Data will be collected and analyzed by the CLIC committee, tabulated and compared via Excel spreadsheets.
Student Level and Institution Level SLO's have been developed and will be presented to the Curriculum Committee meeting at its March 2009 meeting.
Describes how we will distribute materials or products developed through this initiative to other community colleges, high schools, ROCPs, middle/ junior high schools, resource libraries, and other organizations. Project staff is encouraged to disseminate their findings and work products through statewide and regional conferences.
· Creation of a website for tutorials, sample questions and exams, and scheduling information, linked from Palomar’s Home Page
· Creation of a website that describes our initiatives, lists course offerings and exam dates and information – linked to all partners (schools and industry)
· Class schedule will include same as above
· Phone calls
· E-mail distribution lists
· Visits to schools and industry partners
Participation at state-wide
conferences on WASC, Computer Literacy and Basic Skills Initiatives and in
Project Partners, Roles for implementation in the project (Step 3, Application Consortium Data from SB 70 grant guidelines)
Appendix A: WASC Information Competency Standard for General Education
Appendix B: California Community Colleges Information Competency Senate Resolution
Appendix C: List of Information competency graduation requirements at other California Community Colleges
Appendix D: Checklist of IC for College Students, a
Chancellor’s Office, SB 70 Grant, Strengthening Career Technical Education Programs, FY 2006-07. Career Technical Education/Economic and Workforce Development Pathways. http://www.cccco.edu/divisions/esed/sb70/strengthen.htm
Additional sources since May 2007:
IC learning modules: (there are many…)
This website summarizes IC graduation requirements at CCCs - This website also cites the Academic Senate's resolution on IC.
Topics to pursue as of April 2008.
Computer Literacy USA, Setting Global Standards for Computer Literacy Worldwide.
IC3 testing, through Certiport. Both CL and IC are addressed comprehensively from an educational and industry perspective on the Virtual Bill site and its associated links.
[j1]CLIC working towards Implementation in spring 2009. reas) es not pass in the 1st ults:
b-based tutorials delivered through Blackboard and accessed through our Palomar Col
[j2]Palomar College is behind but working towards implementation through the CLIC committee.
[j4]To be implemented 2009-future.
[j5]Spring or fall 2009.
[j6]It was however, deemed by Palomar’s Basic Skills Committee that Computer Literacy has not been defined at the state level as a basic skill; and therefore, should not be funded by basic skills grant money.
[j7]Since this would be occurring during intake, we would be testing 10,000 students a semester.
[j8]Based on state models from Basic Skills, Computer Literacy and Student Learning Outcomes models, initiatives, and mandates.
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