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TRAILS--Tool for Real-Time Assessment of Information Literacy Skills

September 26, 2006

TRAILS is a federally funded project to create a tool for library media specialists and teachers to assess the information literacy skills of their high school students. TRAILS first went live in spring 2006 and was refined this summer. It is now available in its expanded form.

TRAILS is standards-based and freely available on the Web. Student privacy is assured, as the system does not collect any identifying information. The multiple-choice assessment items are based on the 9th grade Ohio Academic Content Standards and AASL's Information Power.

You are invited to try TRAILS at to see whether it might be of use to you.

If you used TRAILS previously, you may find the new features useful:
* five refined information literacy categories, each with two new, 10-item assessments
* improved items on each of the 30-item general assessments
* capability to copy student codes to use in a new session
* capability for students to review their responses after a session is closed
* improved session management
* discussion list for account holders to get news and share ideas

TRAILS is a project of the Institute for Library and Information Literacy Education (ILILE) at Kent State University and is directed by the University Libraries. ILILE is funded through the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the U.S. Department of Education.

Source: Institute for Library and Information Literacy Education (ILILE) at Kent State University, by way of the email newsletter from Multimedia & Internet @ Schools