Computer literacy, like mathematical literacy or reading literacy, has become part of a student's basic education. Many students are routinely exposed to computers in grades K through 12. If sufficient numbers of incoming freshmen have already mastered basic computer skills and concepts then the question facing our university is whether computer literacy should continue to be taught at the college level or if this course should be treated as a remedial college preparatory course? To answer this question, a computer literacy test was devised to ascertain the computer literacy level of incoming freshmen. The results of the test will help determine which students should be placed out of our computer literacy course. In addition by understanding the strengths and weaknesses of the students that remain in the course, instructional adjustments can be made to address the current computer literacy needs of the student body.
Pierce, Elizabeth M.; Lloyd, Karl B.; and Solak, James
"Lessons Learned from Piloting a Computer Literacy Test for Placement and Remedial Decisions,"
Journal of Information Systems Education: Vol. 12
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