Assessment is a crucial element of the University Libraries' instruction program. Assessment activities allow us to identify
We select assessment tools based on factors like whether a course has student learning objectives on information literacy and library research skills, how much time a librarian spends giving instruction,and how many students participate in the instruction. The tools range from one-minute papers to sets of activities spanning an entire semester. Sometimes we collaborate with professors teaching courses to integrate assessment into assignments. Assessment is the foundation for continuous improvement of our instruction and a resulting increase in student learning.
In an effort to provide consistency in the information literacy and library research instruction offered by WSU University Libraries, librarians have identified a core set of student learning outcomes that can be used in designing assessment tools and as a foundation for our Curriculum Mapping project. The learning outcomes are tied to the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.
Most learning outcomes will target concepts and skills required in individual courses. The following are potential student learning outcomes:
After participating in library instruction, students will be able to: