Presentation Title

Sharpening Your Aim: Building an Instructional Assessment Toolkit

Location

Room 217

Type of Presentation

Workshop (1 hour and 15 minutes)

Target Audience

Higher Education

Abstract

Georgia State University and Georgia Perimeter College consolidated in 2016 to form the largest public university in Georgia. With this, the University Library was faced with the challenge of unifying library instruction programs with previously varying missions. To address this need the library administration formed the Library Instruction Outcomes and Assessment Working Group (LIOAWG), whom was tasked with developing standard learning outcomes and leading the implementation of a common instruction program targeting first year students. Along with developing program wide learning outcomes, the group developed a sandbox of assessment activities, each mapped to a specific learning outcome.

In this workshop, participants will work to develop learning outcome aligned assessments that can be modified to meet varying levels of information literacy competency. Working in small groups, participants will be assigned a specific learning outcome, then work together to design an informal or formal assessment activity. Groups will then discuss how their assessment activity addresses their learning outcome and what information literacy competency level it meets. Presenters will then facilitate discussion on how the assessments can be modified for scaffolding instruction and on general challenges and opportunities of assessment.

Timeframe:

15 min – Presenter introductions. Background and charge of the LIOAWG.

40 min – Activity – 1) Overview of LIOAWG assessment activity sandbox, 2) Break participants into groups, assign learning outcome, and allow time to develop aligned assessment activity, 3) Identify the information literacy competency level of the assessment and discuss how it could be modified for students at varying levels in their academic careers.

15 min – Wrap up – Discuss the challenges of incorporating assessment into library instruction and future directions.

Presentation Description

This workshop will share the post-consolidation experience of Georgia State University Library's work to unify first year instruction programs. The workshop will allow participants to develop their own assessments that align to specific learning outcomes, and it will also provide an opportunity for discussion of modifying them to meet varying levels of information literacy competency and the challenges and opportunities associated with incorporating assessment into the classroom.

Keywords

Assessment, higher education, student learning, student success, learning outcomes

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Sep 15th, 10:00 AM Sep 15th, 11:30 AM

Sharpening Your Aim: Building an Instructional Assessment Toolkit

Room 217

Georgia State University and Georgia Perimeter College consolidated in 2016 to form the largest public university in Georgia. With this, the University Library was faced with the challenge of unifying library instruction programs with previously varying missions. To address this need the library administration formed the Library Instruction Outcomes and Assessment Working Group (LIOAWG), whom was tasked with developing standard learning outcomes and leading the implementation of a common instruction program targeting first year students. Along with developing program wide learning outcomes, the group developed a sandbox of assessment activities, each mapped to a specific learning outcome.

In this workshop, participants will work to develop learning outcome aligned assessments that can be modified to meet varying levels of information literacy competency. Working in small groups, participants will be assigned a specific learning outcome, then work together to design an informal or formal assessment activity. Groups will then discuss how their assessment activity addresses their learning outcome and what information literacy competency level it meets. Presenters will then facilitate discussion on how the assessments can be modified for scaffolding instruction and on general challenges and opportunities of assessment.

Timeframe:

15 min – Presenter introductions. Background and charge of the LIOAWG.

40 min – Activity – 1) Overview of LIOAWG assessment activity sandbox, 2) Break participants into groups, assign learning outcome, and allow time to develop aligned assessment activity, 3) Identify the information literacy competency level of the assessment and discuss how it could be modified for students at varying levels in their academic careers.

15 min – Wrap up – Discuss the challenges of incorporating assessment into library instruction and future directions.