Colleges Testing for Web Gullibility

By Deane Barker on July 1, 2005

New test would measure students’ Web wisdom: The Information and Communication Technology Literacy Assessment will be given to incoming students, and if they believe that a guy in Nigeria really has $19 million to share with them, they have to take remedial classes.

“Every single one that comes through the door thinks that if you just go to Google and get some hits — you’ve got material for your research paper right there.”

That’s why Cal State and a number of other colleges are working with ETS to create a test to evaluate Internet intelligence, measuring whether students can locate and verify reliable online information and whether they know how to properly use and credit the material.



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