Blogs, ads, IMs, emails, websites, JCAR: to which do I turn for information?
The information explosion, fueled largely by advances in technology, has raised concerns about college students’ ability to navigate effectively—and ethically--through the profusion of available resources. Many universities have struggled with ways to assess information literacy, an integrative skill that includes researching, critical thinking, using technology, communicating, and understanding values and ethics. How does one evaluate students’ mastery of this sophisticated and complex skill? This presentation will review some of the attempts—including the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Lorie Roth currently serves as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Programs, in the Chancellor’s Office of the California State University. In this position, she oversees several programs that provide special opportunities for faculty and students in the 23-campus Cal State system. These programs include master classes in the visual and performing arts, undergraduate research experiences, K-16 partnerships, service learning experiences, and faculty professional development.
Before working at the CSU, she was Assistant Vice President at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Georgia, as well as Associate Professor of English. She started her faculty career at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida, after receiving her Ph.D. in English from Kent State University.
She has served as a technical writing consultant for, among others, Gulfstream Aerospace, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons. She has published articles on writing on the job, computers and writing, teaching, the publishing industry, information literacy, British literature, and baseball.