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Library Instruction Program

Provides more information for Wichita State University teaching faculty and instructors about critical thinking, information and digital literacies, and library instruction.

Student Learning Outcomes

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:

  • analyze a topic in order to determine the best disciplinary databases in which to find information.
  • construct an effective search strategy in order to find information on a topic.
  • identify and access scholarly resources in order to retreive information for their topic.
  • describe the characteristics of a peer-reviewed article in order to find scholarly sources for research papers.
  • critically evaluate information sources in order to determine the source's accuracy and authority.
  • synthesize and analyze information from different sources in order to fully understand their topic.
  • assess sources retrieved from different databases in order to determine if they have enough information to complete their projects.
  • cite resources in various formats in order to provide proper credit.
  • identify and discuss issues related to censorship and freedom of speech in order to responsibly share and use information.

Authentic Assessment

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.

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