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Tuesday, May 5 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
From Anecdotes to Data: Leveraging Our Assessment Toolkit to Determine How a New Curriculum Measures Up

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You just delivered an amazing lesson - but how do you know if it's actually more engaging and effective for students? When we found ourselves asking exactly that about a new English Composition library curriculum, we designed a mixed-methods assessment to find out. Our new curriculum incorporated case-based problem-based learning (CBPBL) to frame three lessons on source evaluation, topic development, and synthesis. To assess the impact of our new approach, we combined several methods: a pre-/post-test student survey, classroom observations, instructor reflections, and analysis of student reflection papers. Join us for a discussion about designing library instruction assessment and our findings.

Participants will:
  • Learn about a case-based problem-based learning information literacy curriculum piloted for English Composition, including major findings from the assessment of the pilot.
  • Learn about a mixed-methods approach to information literacy instruction assessment, including its successes and challenges with this research design.
  • Reflect on assessment strategies they might adapt to their own teaching and institutional contexts.


Rachel Wishkoski

Reference & Instruction Librarian, Utah State University
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Katie Strand

First-Year Experience Librarian, Utah State University
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Alex Sundt

Web Services Librarian, Utah State University

Deanna Allred

English Lecturer, Utah State University

Tuesday May 5, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT