Mary Locke, Lenna Young, Mark Krawczyk, Greenville Technical College

Assessing Computing Literacy: Reaching and Preparing At-Risk Students Basic Computer Technology Skills

Whether enrolled face-to-face or on-line, students need basic computing literacy skills for academic success. Learning management systems, college web portals, and web based instruction are only a few examples requiring computing literacy. Yet a study at Greenville Technical College found less than 30% of students with such skills. A follow-on study found instructors spending instructional time teaching computing literacy skills such as how to attach files and how to set margins in Word instead of planned subject matter lessons. To increase student academic success, a team of three faculty (Mary Locke, Dept Head Computer Skills and Application, Mark Krawczyk, Networking Faculty, and Lenna Young, Dean Business and Public Service) developed an interactive assessment designed to measure computing literacy levels. Students scoring below the desired level can be identified and directed to a course designed to prepare them for the basic computing literacy required in all courses. This session presents information about the college's two responses: a) development of an assessment to determine students computer technology skill level; and, b) development of an introductory, basic computing technology course.

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