Assessing Student Learning
Librarians can help you assess student learning of information literacy skills using a variety of methods and tools. Assessment is important so that we can make changes to instructional approaches if students are struggling with particular skills and to document that our students are meeting our learning goals.
Contact Wendy Holliday, Coordinator of Library Instruction, or your Subject Librarian to discuss assessment options.
We prefer performance-based assessments because they measure students' information literacy skills on an authentic assignment or research task.
I. Rubric-based assessment of student work
Librarians have conducted several assessments of student papers using a standard rubric of information literacy skills. These assessments have enabled us to identify areas in which students struggle and modify our instruction approach as a result.
- AAC&U Information Literacy Rubric
- Oakleaf, Megan. "Using Rubrics to Collect Evidence for Decision-Making: What do Librarians Need to Learn?" Evidence Based Library and Information Practice. (2/3). 2007.
- USU Libraries Assessment Results (forthcoming)
II. Citation Analysis
Librarians have also conducted citation analyses that categorize the types of sources students cite in order to determine patterns in the use of scholarly and library sources.
Student self-assessment data can also help identify what students have learned, especially what has made a particularly memorable impact.
I. One-Minute Surveys
These short surveys can identify gaps in student learning immediately after a library instruction session.
- USU Libraries One-Minute Assessment Forms
II. Reflection Papers
You can assign students a short, reflective piece of writing as part of a research assignment.
III. Student course evaluations: IDEA
The current IDEA student evaluation tool includes several information literacy learning outcomes. You can select these as options for your IDEA course evaluations at the beginning of the semester.
- Objective 9: Learning how to find and use resources for answering questions or solving problems.
- Objective 11: Learning to analyze and critically evaluate ideas, arguments, and points of view.
- Objective 12: Acquiring an interest in learning more by asking questions and seeking answers.