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Is it worth it? Assessing online instruction

Is it worth it? Assessing online instruction

Saturday, June 29, 2013-- 10:30-11:30 McCormick S 102BC

Panelists address methods for incorporating measurable institutional learning outcomes in online library instructional activities, including the process by which assessment measures are designed and techniques to use when gathering data to assess student learning. An overview of proven assessment activities at various institutions is provided. Participants will learn how to apply assessment measures to their digital library scholarship and teaching. Time will be allotted to address questions from the audience.

Attendees will be able to:

1. Incorporate measurable learning outcomes in online library instructional activities in order to assess student learning

2. Design assessment measures in order to incorporate formative and summative assessment into online library instructional activities.

3. Gather data to connect online library instruction with institutional learning outcomes.

Katy Kavanagh
Instructional Design Librarian, Assistant Professor
East Carolina University

Tim Bottorff
Department Head
University of Central Florida, Rosen College of Hospitality Mgmt Library

Andrew Todd
Regional Campus Librarian
University of Central Florida, BCC/UCF Joint-Use Library

Carol McCulley
Reference & Distance Learning Librarian
Linfield College

Assessment link

Corresponding Research by the Panelists:

Bottorff, T., & Todd, A. (2012). Making online instruction count: Statistical reporting of web-based library instruction activities. College & Research Libraries, 73(1), 33-46.

McCulley, C. (2009).  Mixing and matching: Assessing information literacy. Communications in Information Literacy, 3(2), 171-180.  http://www.comminfolit.org/index.php?journal=cil&page=article&op=view&path[]=Vol3-2009AR9

Resources Cited during the Panel:

Bloedel, K. (2013). Library instruction assessment toolkit [LibGuide]. Retrieved from http://guides.lib.uiowa.edu/assessment

Information Literacy & Outreach @ UCF Libraries [LibGuide]. (2013). Retrieved from

McCulley, C (2013). NURS library research for RN to BSN students 2012/2013 [LibGuide]. Retrieved from http://linfield.libguides.com/content.php?pid=372641

Todd, A. (2013). NUR 3165 - Nursing research [LibGuide]. Retrieved from http://guides.ucf.edu/NUR3165a.


Further Reading:

Bishop, C., Yonekura, F., & Moskal, P. (2013). Pilot study examining student learning gains using online information literacy modules. Proceedings from Association of College & Research Libraries 2013: Imagine, Innovate, Inspire, 466-471. Retrieved from: http://www.ala.org/acrl/acrl/conferences/2013/papers

Gilchrist, D. L. (2009). A twenty year path: Learning about assessment; learning from assessment. Communications in Information Literacy, 3(2), 70-79. Retrieved from: http://www.comminfolit.org/index.php?journal=cil&page=article&op=viewArticle&path[]=Vol3-2009PER1

Hines, S. (2008). How it's done: Examining distance education library instruction and assessment. Journal of Library Administration, 48(3/4), 467-478. Retrieved from: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01930820802289565#.UbHeXNjYB8E

Killingsworth E., Bishop C., Mulvihill R., & Montgomery R.C. (2012). Assessing our assessment: Building a question bank and aligning assessment with learning outcomes. Georgia Information Literacy Conference [LibGuide].Retrieved from: http://guides.ucf.edu/georgialiteracyconference

Oakleaf, M., Belanger, J., & Graham, C. (2013). Choosing and using assessment management systems: What librarians need to know. Association of College & Research Libraries annual conference. Retrieved from: http://www.ala.org/acrl/sites/ala.org.acrl/files/content/conferences/confsandpreconfs/2013/papers/OakleafBelangerGraham_Choosing.pdf

Oakleaf, M. (2009). Writing rubrics right: Avoiding common mistakes in rubric assessment. ACRL 2009. Retrieved from: http:meganoakleaf.info/writingrubricsright.pdf



Rachel Cannady & Beth Filar Williams, Co-Chairs 

Britt Fagerheim 

Sandy Lee Hawes

Kristin Heathcock

Katy Kavanagh

Carrie Moran

Nicole Sump-Crethar


 Committee Homepage: http://www.ala.org/acrl/dls/acr-dlscfppc2

 Post-Program Discussion
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 This program session was co-sponsored by CJCLS and IS.