General Education Competency Rubric: Information Literacy

 Learning Outcome Exemplary Proficient Marginal Unacceptable
For normalized learning gains (Hake gains) following pre/post- test assessment High normalized learning gain. Medium normalized learning gain. No significant gain nor loss. Any significant normalized loss.
1. Students will identify the nature and extent of the information sources needed to complete the task. Conducts research with a sophisticated and focused research question, thesis, or hypothesis. Identifies highly suitable and aptly diverse information sources to complete the task. Conducts research with a sufficient research question, thesis, or hypothesis. Identifies appropriate numbers and types of information sources to complete the task. Has some difficulty conducting research. The research question, thesis, or hypothesis is not fully or clearly developed. Identifies a limited number and types of information sources to complete the task. Does not define and articulate research needs. The research question, thesis, or hypothesis are unclear or are not present. Does not identify information sources with any proficiency to complete the task.
2. Students will critically evaluate information sources for reliability, validity, accuracy, authority, timeliness, point of view, and/or bias. Demonstrates a comprehensive ability to evaluate relevant information sources. Evaluates information thoroughly and effectively for reliability, validity, accuracy, authority, timeliness, point of view and/ or bias. Adequately evaluates information sufficiently for reliability, validity, accuracy, authority, timeliness, point of view, and/or bias. Looks at the credibility and relevance of information sources. Inconsistently evaluates information sources for reliability, validity, accuracy, authority, timeliness, point of view, and/or bias. Needs to evaluate relevance and credibility. Does not evaluate information sources for reliability, validity, accuracy, authority, timeliness, point of view, and/or bias.
3. Students will use information sources to accomplish a specific task or to achieve a specific purpose. Uses a wide variety of information sources to clearly accomplish the purpose of the research. Uses an adequate number of information sources to accomplish the purpose of the research. Uses a limited number of information sources which usually, but not always support the purpose of the research. Does not use information sources to support the purpose of the research.
4. Students will accurately represent information sources with an understanding of scope and context. Expertly represents and interprets the scope and context of the source. Adequately represents and interprets the scope and context of the source. Unevenly interprets and/or represents the scope and context of the source. Misrepresents or misinterprets the scope and context of the source.
5. Students will properly cite sources of information. Acknowledges sources through careful incorporation of appropriate citation methods for the discipline. Avoids plagiarism. Generally acknowledges sources using the appropriate citation method for the discipline but may make some errors. Avoids plagiarism. Inconsistently acknowledges sources. Has issues using the appropriate citation method for the discipline. Avoids plagiarism. Plagiarizes. Does not acknowledge sources. Engages in serious misapplication of citation methods for the discipline.