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 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 Competency 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: