CSUS Information Competence

CSUS recognizes that incoming students may not have the computer and information competencies necessary for academic success and unanimously adopted the following policy at the CSUS Faculty Senate meeting of 10/30/97. It was approved in concept in the President's memorandum of 11/17/97:

COMPUTER LITERACY/INFORMATION COMPETENCE

GENERAL POLICY AND REQUIREMENTS

CSUS is committed to the informed and ethical use of electronic technologies. Given the cultural and individual significance of computers, and the potential and perceived effects of new technologies on the process of intellectual inquiry, it is crucial that CSUS graduates be prepared for life in a knowledge-driven, technology-based society. The CSUS curriculum, in both General Education and the majors, provides students with opportunities to explore the uses of computers as tools for learning.

Before graduation, CSUS students will be expected to demonstrate their abilities to:

I. Acquire, process, communicate, and critically evaluate information using current electronic technologies. A fundamental understanding of computer operations, experience with contemporary user interfaces and basic word processing skills are expected at entrance. Students will acquire and demonstrate competence in the use of computers and networks to access databases and retrieve information. Students will also develop competence in the use of computer systems for effective communication.

II. Use advanced computer skills appropriate to the requirements of a major and related careers.

III. Adapt to changing technologies and to assess the social issues and ethical choices resulting from those changes.

Attachment B: table indicating where, when, and how requirements should be met:

I. Demonstrate ability to acquire, process communicate and critically evaluate information using current electronic technologies. A fundamental understanding of computers operations, experience with contemporary user interfaces and basic word processing skills are expected at entrance. Students will acquire and demonstrate competence in the use of computers and networks to access databases and retrieve information. Students will also develop competence in the use of computer systems for effective communication.

Skill/Knowledge

Where

When

Who

How

Basic word processing skills.

High School.

Prior to entrance.

Instruction given as workshops.

Workshops.

Basic computer- based communication skills: email, Web pages, file transfer.

High School. Lower Division classes.

Throughout the college career, use various means of communication.

Across the curriculum.

Workshops as required.

Basic Competency in basic presentation

Oral communication.

Lower division.

Area A

Infused in classes.

Evaluation of computer-based information.

Critical Thinking.

Lower Division GE

Infused in classes.

II. Use advanced computer skills appropriate to the requirements of the major and related careers.

Skill/Knowledge

Where

When

Who

How

Advanced abilities: word processing, presentations, spreadsheets, information retrieval, database use, graphics, communications, statistics and programming.

Major: In specifically designated class(es) determined by major.

 

 

Sophomore or Junior Year: Reinforcement in junior and senior level classes.

 

 

Major or Service Area: Also senior level classes in major should utilize computer skills.

 

 

Specialized "skill" classes and utilization in major classes.

 

 

 

III.Adapt to changing technologies and assess the social issues and ethical choices that result from these changes.

Skill/Knowledge

Where

When

Who

How

Social impacts of computers on society.

Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities.

Upper and lower division.

GE and Major.

Infused in classes and special focus.

Ethical issues related to computer use.

Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities. Professional Schools.

Upper and lower division.

 

GE and Major.

 

Infused in classes and special focus.

 

Ability to adapt to changes.

Experiential and classroom activities.

Demonstrated prior to graduation.

All classes and capstone assessment.

All classes and capstone class.

CSUS President's memorandum of 11/17/97:

The recommendation concerning computer literacy and information competence is approved in concept."

The Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs is responsible for implementation of that. I note that the recommendation does not address the matter of the requirement of courses and units per se. Implementation of this requirement should not increase the number of University required units for the baccalaureate degree.

CSUS Library Information Technology Grant

During the spring semester of 1998 the Library received a grant to update the faculty's knowledge of information sources available online through the Library and World Wide Web. Four discipline oriented, day long workshops for faculty were presented during spring break:

Science Information at Your Fingertips, April 7, 1998
Arts & Letters Information at Your Fingertips, April 9, 1998
Social Science Information at Your Fingertips, May 1, 1998
Business Information at Your Fingertips, May 8, 1998

Each workshop focused on accessing information available online and integrating these resources into the curriculum. The goal was to increase faculty awareness of the complexity of information available and to interest them into developing partnerships with librarians to integrate information competency into their course work. There were 44 faculty in attendance at the sessions and they identified over 20 courses as appropriate for information competence collaboration.

CSUS Information Competence Proposal

INFORMATION COMPETENCE FOR FUTURE TEACHERS

In December, 1998 the CSUS Library was awarded a grant of $4,940.00 from the CSU Information Competence Work Group to provide information competence (IC) skills to future K-12 teachers and to stimulate the teaching of these skills at the K-12 level. This project will be in development during Spring and Fall 1999 and will be implemented during the Spring 2000 term.

For detailed information about Information Competence at CSUS and a copy of the grant proposal click on the link to the CSUS Information Competence Proposal.

Links to Related Information Competence Sites

CSUS Library Instruction Home Page

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Linda J. Goff, Library Instruction Librarian
2000 State University Drive,
Sacramento, CA 95819-6039
Contact her by email:
ljgoff@csus.edu
or by phone: (916) 278-5981.

LJG: Updated 2/23/99