The Augustana Campus Library of the University of Alberta has released its Information Literacy assessment and survey software called WASSAIL as an open source application.
WASSAIL enables users to:
- Track assessment data by course, by instructor and by academic year
- Collect and manage institution-specific questions (including Likert-style, open-ended, subjective or qualitative questions, or pre-defined multiple-choice-style questions)
- Group the questions into institution-specific templates
- Apply the templates to individual courses to gather data through surveys administered on paper or via the Web
- Generate queries/reports on the resulting data including:
- Statistical analysis for each question (exempting qualitative)
- Graphical display of statistical analysis for each question (exempting qualitative)
- Listing of responses by question for open-ended, subjective or qualitative questions
- Pre-/post-test data analysis with the “Gains Analysis” function (compares the pre-test and post-test data sets to display the net learning by students)
- Categorize “like” questions using structured controlled vocabulary (like traditional Library of Congress Subject Headings) and also user-defined folksonomic tags (a feature enjoyed by Web 2.0 advocates for its flexibility).
- Align questions with the standards and outcomes as outlined in the Association of College and Research Libraries’ Information Literacy Standards”.
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So it doesn't drive you crazy, WASSAIL, from its origins in Old Norse, means "be in good health."