In an effort to provide consistency amongst the research instruction offered by WSU Libraries, librarians have identified a core set of student learning outcomes that can be used in designing authentic assessment techniques and as a foundation for our Curriculum Mapping project. The learning outcomes are tied to the Information Literacy Standards for Higher Education.
While most learning outcomes will target specific skills and concepts required in individual courses, the following are a selected list of student learning outcomes used by teaching librarians at WSU Libraries.
After participating in library instruction, students will be able to:
Authentic assessment (sometimes called performance based assessment) requires students to demonstrate learning by performing a task that involves the skills covered in class. These assessment techniques show you, in real time, what students are actually learning. Authentic assessment techniques are particularly useful for students learning research skills that will be used acrosse the curriculum and concepts that provide the basis for life-long learning.
The resources below provide more information on authentic assessment and how it can be applied in library instruction.