CSUMB Assessment Philosophy and Practice

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Development, Standards, and Grading

Information literacy threshold concepts

  • Authority is constructed and contextual: Authority is constructed in that various communities may recognize different types of authority. It is contextual in that the information need may help to determine the level of authority required.
  • Research as inquiry through strategic exploration: Research is iterative and depends upon asking increasingly complex or new questions whose answers in turn develop additional questions or lines of inquiry and any field. Searching requires the evaluation of a range of information sources and the mental flexibility to pursue alternate avenues as a new understanding develops.
  • Information creation as a process: Iterative processes of researching, creating, revising, and disseminating information vary, and the resulting product reflects these differences.
  • Scholarship as conversation: Communities of scholars, researchers, or professionals engage in sustained discourse with new insights and discoveries occurring over time as a result of varied perspectives and interpretations.
  • Information has value: As a commodity, educationally, and as a means to influence Legal and socio-economic interests influence information production and dissemination.




Information Literacy Undergraduate Learning Outcome Rubric, California State University, Monterey Bay