I’m sorry for the late announcement…the 2017 NTLA mid-winter meeting has been planned and set for Feb. 6th, and actually, there are only a few spots left. The topic is data visualization. Visit the page on our site for more information.
DON’T USE A HAMMER WHEN YOU NEED A SCREWDRIVER: HOW TO USE THE RIGHT TOOLS TO CREATE ASSESSMENT THAT MATTERSDominique Turnbow, Annie Zeidman-Karpinski
Instruction librarians want clear data showing the effectiveness of our workshops as a way of demonstrating our value in education. This article uses instructional design approaches to show how to make specific changes when writing and measuring our learning outcomes to capture what we are doing in our sessions. Unlike classes that develop over the course of several months, we are faced with unique challenges when conducting one-shot instruction sessions. By focusing our attention on student satisfaction and learning, we see ways to improve those sessions for everyone involved. In this essay, we provide examples and discuss how to write effective learning outcomes to answer specific questions about learner satisfaction and what the participants learned. In addition, we suggest ways to reform the evaluation and assessment questions that we use to reinforce our lessons. These methods can be used in both online and face-to-face environments.
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This article provides some useful advice for assessing “one-shot” workshops. While most librarians would prefer not to conduct these very limited training sessions, they are continue to be a staple of library instruction, if only because the faculty resist more in-depth instruction. So, faced with “one-shots” or nothing, librarians accept these invitations.
I like how the authors, themselves, accept the limitations of one-shots, and how they can be assessed. Students will only get so much out of these sessions, so they advise not to try to assess more. They also provide examples of assessment measures that librarians can put to use – both good examples and bad ones, so you can differentiate.
Finally, I like how they ground the assessments in theoretical foundations, including Bloom’s Taxonomy, the ABCD model, and Kirkpatrick Model. I’m not sure how much the latter two have been tested and validated, but at least there is some evidence of their use
Oh, and one more thing…the journal is OA. Sharing is good.
Articles of interest to NTLA viewers:
The Relationship Between Student Demographics and Student Engagement with Online Library Instruction ModulesMary Thill , James W. Rosenzweig , Lisa C. Wallis
Kealin M. McCabe
Actually, all articles in this journal should be relevant to any number of NTLA viewers – after all, it is all about evidence-based decision making in library practice.
Interested in learning how ARL libraries assess their collections? How many people are involved? How frequently they gather data and analyze it? What methods they use? Tools?
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