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Journal of Information Systems Education

Abstract

Technology permeates our society. But do institutions of higher education adequately prepare students to use this technology? The definition of computer literacy continues to change as technological innovations are adopted by the marketplace. The specific technology installed in any university setting constantly changes in both sophistication and function. The challenge for universities is to ensure their students meet a minimum level of competency when using new constantly changing technology. As such, universities need to incorporate new, flexible testing tools. This study examines the efforts of one university to test for basic computer skills using an Internet-based, interactive, validated, skills test that already has wide-acceptance in the business community. Over 7000 basic computer skills exams were administered to Computer Information System majors with surprising results.

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