ALAO 2006: Mixing it Up: Using a Blend of Projects to Create a College Transition Program

Mixing it Up: Using a Blend of Projects to Create a College Transition Program was presented by Mary Lee Jensen, Barbara Schloman and Ken Burhanna from Kent State. Ken talked about Informed Transitions. This is the outreach program that Kent State Libraries has to high schools throughout northeast Ohio. Teachers bring their students into the library to work on class assignments. They general are there for four hours.  Mary Lee talked about their Transitioning to College. This is a web site with streaming videos, worksheets, and handouts that can help students prepare for college level research. The content is from the student's perspective. Finally, Barbara talked about Trails (Tool for Real-Time Assessment for Information Literacy Skills). Trails was developed primarily for K-12 information literacy assessment, but it could also be used in an higher ed environment. Barbara suggested that it might be used for assessment of first year students entering college. She also suggested that it should be something brought to the attention of pre-service teachers in education programs. Trails is free and standards based using the 9th grade Ohio Academic Content Statndards and AASL's Information Power.

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