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Take the Helm, Ensign! Becoming a Campus Leader with Information Literacy Assessment


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This panel, originally presented on March 25, 2017 in Baltimore, MD at ACRL shows three institutions leading direct assessment data collection and analysis projects at course, program, and institution level. Also included within the presentation are other sources of IL assessment data (indirect) that may already be collected at your institution.

Description from ACRL site: Come join a conversation about how librarians can lead the way in assessing information literacy for their campuses. Three librarians will talk about their varied experiences in using the SAILS instrument, from pre- and post-testing in an IL course, to researching student success, to institutional assessment. Participate in guided discussion and activities to determine if and how this instrument (or others) can be used for positive effect at your institution.

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Take the Helm, Ensign! Becoming a Campus Leader with Information Literacy Assessment

  1. 1. Take the Helm, Ensign! Becoming a Campus Leader with Information Literacy Assessment
  2. 2. Cynthia Kane Emporia State University Colleen Mullally North Andover Public Schools Carolyn Radcliff Chapman University … and You!
  3. 3. Project SAILS ● Standardized Assessment of Information Literacy Skills ● Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education ● Knowledge test with multiple choice questions ● Lower and higher order thinking ● Used by 200+ libraries ● 3 tests: Cohort, Individual Scores, Build Your Own Test ● Available for purchase from Carrick Enterprises
  4. 4. Course Level Assessments: Purpose & Scope UL 100: Research Skills, Information, and Technology
  5. 5. Course Level Assessments: Purpose & Scope GSGS 198.02 Life Skills
  6. 6. Program Level Assessment: Purpose & Scope Program Review: Provide data and evidence to support institutional planning, budgeting and decision-making.
  7. 7. Institution Level Assessment at Chapman: Purpose & Scope Direct evidence How well do our students perform at or near graduation? Longitudinal study WASC accreditation:
  8. 8. Institution Level Assessment at Pepperdine: Purpose & Scope Pepperdine Libraries Strategic Plan component includes evaluation of library programs and services value add in improving the IL program Pepperdine Libraries 5 Year Program Review major component of direct assessment data needed for internal self study one element from the assessment calendar WASC Accreditation: IL as a Core Competency University-wide methodology supplied by assessment librarian coordinated by librarians and OIE data needs near/at the point of graduation
  9. 9. What are your assessment needs? Why are you conducting an assessment? ◦What questions are you trying to answer? Consider the scope of the assessment: ◦Class-level: students in a single course section ◦Program-level: students in multiple courses in the same program ◦Institution-level: students in multiple sections across multiple programs
  10. 10. Campus Partner / Campus Leader
  11. 11. Who are your campus partners? • Who has the expertise? • Who has the funding? • Who needs you? • How can IL assessment benefit a class, a program, the institution?
  12. 12. Working with SAILS Test Results Cohort Test • PDF of results by cohort • Cross-institution comparisons • Test questions Individual Scores & Build Your Own Test • Spreadsheet with every student's results • Cross-institution comparisons (not for BYOT) • Test questions
  13. 13. Working with Testing Results at ESU
  14. 14. Working with the Pre-Test Individual Test Results at Pepperdine
  15. 15. Using Pre-Test and Post-Test Results at Pepperdine
  16. 16. Working with Results • What will you do with the information? • What are you hoping to get from the results? • How will the results help you answer your questions?
  17. 17. Stakeholders
  18. 18. Who are your stakeholders? Who wants to know about your results? Who should be informed?
  19. 19. Options for Assessing IL Direct assessment: What do students know? What can they do? ○ Tests ○ Standardized tests ○ Rubrics Indirect assessment: Opinions, attitudes, perspectives ○ Surveys
  20. 20. Potential IL Data Sources: Locate Instruments Used at Your Institution Selection of surveys with IL-related questions for different campus populations  HERI Instruments Undergraduate Students  CIRP Your First College Year  CIRP Freshman Survey  CIRP Senior Survey  CIRP Diverse Learning Environments Faculty  HERI Faculty Survey  HEDS Instruments Alumni  Alumni Survey  Noel-Levitz Instruments Other Student Populations  Adult Student Priorities Survey
  21. 21. Potential IL Data Sources: Locate Questions on the Instrument CIRP Your First College Year Survey asks …  How often did students ... •Evaluate information •Locate articles and resources  Student self evaluation of … •Conducting research •Thinking critically  Indicate frequency of… •Connecting to library resources electronically
  22. 22. Action! Start work on a plan of action What assessments are in place What are your assessment options Who are your collaborators
  23. 23. Librarians as Leaders in Assessment We are… Multidisciplinary Allegiance to all Learning outcomes professionals Assessment professionals
  24. 24. Questions, Ensign? Ask us questions that are broad and generalizable. We’ll be happy to discuss questions about your specific situation after the session.
  25. 25. Thank You! Cynthia Kane Emporia State University Colleen Mullally North Andover Public Schools Carolyn Radcliff Chapman University