Technological Competence: What It Is and How Will We Know It by QQaoh1


									Technological Competence: What
  It Is and How Will We Know It
      When Someone Has It?

    Ruth Burridge Lindemann, Ph.D.
    Danville Area Community College
                                     In 2003…
The Assessment Committee declared
  “technological competence” should be one of
  our general education outcomes.

                                                             We wanted to be sure our
                                                             students could compete in the
                                                             brave new world…

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Then we Alfred E Newman’ed it,
while we were re-accredited, etc.
    Before we knew it, it was
     Time to review our options
• Self assessments
• Information literacy models
  – Project SAILS
• Performance Competency – that diverts
  students into classes
• Normed tests – 21st Century Skills
  – Elementary and middle school
         What did we mean?
What was “technological competence” anyway?
Varying opinions on this point… so we…

    Created a Committee…
               Virtual Committee
1. Everyone seems agreed that computer skills should be part
   of any general campus-wide technology assessment. What
   computer skills should every student be able to perform?
2. Each discipline will be assessing technology specific to their
   subject area, but are there technological skills you believe
   we need to make sure that every student can do? Examples
   might be mobile technology, basic calculator operation, etc.
3. Consider your answers to Questions 1 & 2. What general
   education classes do you feel might be best suited to
   including training in each of these particular skills.
4. Are any particular considerations that the College needs to
   take into account in relation to particular populations? Older
   or returning students? Students for whom English is not a
   first language?
               Preliminary Results
• Wide-ranging recommendations
  – Pre- and post-testing
  – Widely varied skill sets:
     •   file management (such as backing up originals)
     •   applications such as Word, etc.
     •   internet skills (evaluation to applying for jobs)
     •   hardware skills like webcams
  – Basic calculator, phone, camera, copier, and
    printer skills
Became clearer what level of work
          was involved

 so we…   Agreed to Survey the Faculty…
The Survey

    1 Month of Badgering,
    Cajoling and Bribery to
    get 32 respondents to
    the survey, which is at
    least 54% of the full-
    time faculty plus 5
    selected part-time
    faculty members.
           One Normed Exam
• iCritical Thinking Assessment/Certification
  – $45 discounted to $35
• Great willingness to incorporate change into their
• Strong areas of consensus – which matched the
  areas tested by the iCritical Thinking Exam
• The process for developing the practical exams
  would entail designating individual specialists
  within the College to draft problems, testing
  them, creating an appropriate testing
  environment for a technical test, etc. – for a non-
  normed result
• $45/student began to look reasonable

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