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Student Learning Outcomes
Student learning outcomes defined - SLOs are a statement of what you want your students to learn. Rather than focusing on objectives (what we want to teach), the focus is on outcomes (what we want students to learn.)
SLOs must be:
- Learner centered - focused on the students in the class not on what you have always taught in the past
- Ability focused - transferable to other assignments or situations
- Measurable - you can determine if the student has met the outcome either through formal or informal assessment
SLOs follow a standard format:
"Learners will be able to" + Verb Phrase + "in order to" + Descriptive Phrase.
In general SLOs for information literacy instruction should be informed by the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.
Using Bloom's Taxonomy reminds us that we should teach to and assess higher order thinking. Use these verb examples to create your SLOs. Focus on creating, evaluating, analyzing, and applying as much as possible.
Assessing Student Learning
Activity 1: With a partner create an SLO using the standard formula to teach the frame "Research as Inquiry" for a Composition II or other low-level general ed course.
Example: Students will identify keywords, synonyms and related terms for their information need in order to perform searches in databases.
Activity 2: Create an assessment component for the SLO you made during activity 1.
Example: keyword mindmap
Maximizing the One-Shot by
Designed for librarians who offer library instruction within the constraints of the hour-long one-shot, this book proposes a method for redesigning one-shot instruction that is both realistic and integrated into the larger curriculum. Working with faculty teams from academic departments, the authors used the collaborative Lesson Study method to redesign undergraduate research instruction. They describe how to winnow the one-shot down to a manageable active learning experience while simultaneously augmenting it with extra-sessional prerequisites and learning activities. They also discuss how to conceptualize the role of the one-shot within a course, a curriculum, and the larger information literacy goals of the institution. This book offers customizable strategies, sample lesson plans, and generalized observations based on the experiences of the authors. Maximizing the One-Shot: Connecting Library Instruction with the Curriculum covers the following aspects of one-shot development: Understanding the role of the one-shot institutionally and its limits. Setting realistic goals. The Lesson Study approach. Collaborating with departmental faculty. Assessment of the one-shot. Supporting the one-shot with additional materials. Expanding one-shot development to other departments and programs. In addition, the book provides interviews with collaborating faculty members of academic departments who have partnered with library faculty."
Publication Date: 2015-04-16
The One-Shot Library Instruction Survival Guide by
Faced with planning a one-shot library instruction session, librarians can feel hard-pressed to squeeze in all their library has to offer along with tips on the research process. Authentic learning with student interaction may seem unattainable in only an hour. But it's not. The keys are communicating clearly with the course instructor, developing a realistic plan, and employing effective teaching strategies. With more than 30 years' combined experience in teaching information literacy, Buchanan and McDonough invite librarians to turn everyday challenges into instruction that is meaningful and relevant for students, supplying the knowledge and tools to make it happen.
Publication Date: 2014-04-01
Information Literacy and Information Skills Instruction by
In this new edition of her well received and reviewed book, Nancy Pickering Thomas updates and expands on her reviews of the literature concerning learning styles, information skills, literacy skills, technological literacy, and bibliographic instruction. In addition, she discusses current trends, issues, and applications for the research reviewed. Thomas looks at information processing models, instructional diagnostic models, and how to assess the outcomes of information skills instruction. This meticulously researched and logically organized book will be valuable to school library educators as a supplemental text and to practitioners for the discussion given to the application of the research reviewed.
Publication Date: 2004-07-30
Curriculum-Based Library Instruction by
The rampant nature of technology has caused a shift in information seeking behaviors. In addition, current trends such as evidence based medicine and information literacy mean that one time instructional sessions cannot provide our patrons with all of the skills they need. For this reason, many librarians are working to develop curriculum based instruction that is semester long or consisting of many sessions throughout an academic program. In addition to teaching, librarians are also becoming embedded in the curriculums they support by serving as web-based course designers, problem-based learning facilitators, or members of curriculum committees. Although it is fairly obvious that library instruction is important and that librarians should be equipped to provide this instruction, the majority of ALA accredited programs offer only one course on library instruction, the courses are only available as electives, and they are often only offered once a year. Librarians need to gain their instructional experiences through real life experiences, mentors, and of course, books like this one. Many books commonly discuss one-shot sessions and provide tips for getting the most out of that type of instruction. There are not as many that discuss curriculum based instruction in a section, let alone an entire book. Curriculum-Based Library Instruction: From Cultivating Faculty Relationships to Assessment highlights the movement beyond one-shot instruction sessions, specifically focusing on situations where academic librarians have developed curriculum based sessions and/or become involved in curriculum committees. This volume describes and provides examples of librarians varied roles in the curriculum of education programs. These roles include semester long or multi-session instructor, web-based course designer, problem-based learning facilitator, and member of a curriculum committee. In addition to describing the roles that librarians have in supporting curriculum, the book describes how to carry out those roles with sections devoted to adult learning theory, teaching methods, developing learning objectives, and working with faculty to develop curriculum. Examples of library sessions devoted to information literacy, evidence based practice, information literacy, and biomedical informatics are included. This book is not limited to one mode of delivering information and covers examples of face to face, distance and blended learning initiatives."
Publication Date: 2014-09-26
A Taxonomy for Learning, Teaching, and Assessing by
Drawing heavily from Bloom's Taxonomy, this new book helps teachers understand and implement a standards-based curriculum. An extraordinary group of cognitive psychologists, curriculum specialists, teacher-educators, and researchers have developed a two-dimensional framework, focusing on knowledge and cognitive processes, that defines what students are expected to learn in school. A series of vignettes-written by and for teachers-illustrates how to use this unique framework. A revision only in the sense that it builds on the original framework, it is a completely new manuscript in both text and organization. Its two-dimensional framework interrelates knowledge with the cognitive processes students use to gain and work with knowledge. Together, these define the goals, curriculum standards, and objectives students are expected to learn. The framework facilitates the exploration of curriculums from four perspectives-what is intended to be taught, how it is to be taught, how learning is to be assessed, and how well the intended aims, instruction and assessments are aligned for effective education. This "revisited" framework allows you to connect learning from all these perspectives. This "Professional Edition" includes an additional section ("The Taxonomy in Perspective,") which is not available in the "Revisited for Teachers" edition of the book.
Publication Date: 2001