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Self-Assessment Instrument for Topic 1

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 Email.


Self-Assessment Instrument for General-Purpose ICT Tools

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 rating.

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 7

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 graphics.


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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