Northstar Digital Assessment 2.0

Saint Paul Public Library is excited to partner with the Northstar Digital Literacy Project version 2.0. The updated version launched in October and has come a long way since a group of Saint Paul librarians, teachers, and interested community members worked on standards and assessments for basic digital literacy. The Northstar Digital Literacy assessments are used in over 600 sponsor sites in North America and elsewhere in the world, and the free, public versions of the assessments have reached over 3 million users. Not bad for something we thought Minnesota could use!

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Version 2.0 rebuilds the Northstar website, digital literacy standards, and module content from the ground up, laying a framework that allows for an improved user experience and ongoing, easier future updates.

Module Updates: The new version of Word 2016 was released to all sites in September. Email field testing is underway; the storyboard for Windows 10 is nearly done, with coding to start soon; and watch for a brand new module, Creative Job Search, featuring content relevant to many users.

Website: Some of the new features include:

• Individual logins for proctors and admins, enhancing security and usability (no more logins shared with an entire site!)
• Improved workflow for setting up proctored assessments.
• Rebuilt administrative tools for reporting, printing certificates, etc., taking into consideration feedback from many users.
• An easier process for adding proctors and additional admins to accounts.
• A tool allowing admins to directly update site specific data, such as contacts, email addresses, phone numbers, etc.
Future Northstar enhancements include learner-specific reports and accounts, and live links to curricula resources. These are scheduled for early in 2019.

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