Self-Assessment Instrument for Topic
General-purpose ICT tools that cut across many
disciplines, such as word processor, spread sheet, database,
Draw and Paint graphics, Web browser and search engine, and
Self-Assessment Instrument for General-Purpose
This self-assessment instrument focuses on
general-purpose ICT tools that are applicable in all
academic disciplines. Please rate yourself using the
following 7-point scale for each question.
Click here for a
discussion of the meaning of the scale points.
Each question is accompanied by a brief discussion of the
topic being assessed. If you do not understand the details
given in a particular brief discussion, the chances are that
you are at the (1) or (2) level on this topic. After you
give yourself a numerical rating on the 7-point scale, write
a paragraph that explains and justifies your numerical
1. Word processing: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
A modern word processor contains hundreds of aids to writing, designing, and editing for effective hard copy communication. For example, it may contain aids to help create headers, footers, page numbering, tables, styles, index, and table of contents. It may contain an outliner, provisions for arranging a list in alphabetical or numerical order, provisions for inclusion of and editing of graphics, and provisions for establishing Web links. It contains provisions for setting a first line indent and a hanging indent. In contains provisions to make use of a variety of typefaces and type sizes. It contains a spelling checker and may contain a grammar checker. It contains provisions for saving files in a variety of formats, including RTF.
2. Desktop publishing: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Desktop publishing is the design and layout of a hardcopy
document for effective communication. Increasing expertise
is shown by knowing and following the rules about effective
use of white space, layout, Z scan, typefaces, graphics, and
color to improve communication. It is also shown by knowing
how to design and use "styles" (the style sheet facilities
of the word processor). Briefly discuss your knowledge,
skills, and experiences in this area.
3. Email: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Email includes sending and receiving messages (including
saving and deleting messages), sending and receiving
attachments, building and maintaining an address book,
building and maintaining a Distribution List, participation
in chat groups, making use of News Groups, and making use of
instant messaging. It includes the knowledge of avoiding
responding to all of the people in a Distribution List when
you really only want to respond to one specific person in
the list. Briefly discuss your knowledge, skills, and
experiences in this area.
4. World Wide Web: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
The World Wide Web can be used to find information, to
carry out business transactions, and as an aid to distance
learning. Increasing expertise is evidenced by the ability
to efficiently locate, evaluate, use, and learn from
multiple, high quality sources of information on a topic.
This includes increasing skill in using a variety of search
engines and doing "advanced" searches. (These are some of
the skills of a research librarian.) Effective use of the
Web also includes knowledge and skill in navigating through
interactive hypermedia documents, and developing and editing
a list of Bookmarks or Favorites. Briefly discuss your
knowledge, skills, and experiences in this area.
5. Suite of General-Purpose Tools: 1 2 3 4 5 6
In addition to word processing, email, and Web, a suite
of general-purpose tools may include spreadsheet, database,
paint graphics, draw graphics, and slide show (presentation
graphics). And, of course, the suite makes it easy to apply
all of its tools to a problem, readily moving from one tool
to another and integrating components developed using the
different tools as one works on a document. Discuss your
knowledge and skill in using a suite of general-purpose
tools, with special emphasis on spreadsheet, database, paint
graphics, draw graphics and slide show or other presentation
6. Multimedia (Hypermedia): 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
A multimedia (hypermedia) document can be nonlinear and interactive. It can include text, sound, graphics, animation, video, and color. There has been substantial research on how to design multimedia documents for effective communication. For example research indicates that improper use of color and type faces can result is a significant decrease in comprehension. Increasing expertise is evidenced by the ability to design and implement more complex and more effective multimedia documents, both in a Web and a non-Web environment. Briefly discuss your knowledge, skills, and experiences in this area.
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