Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Higher Education | Information Literacy | Liberal Studies | Library and Information Science
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How can librarians assess student learning in a way that is organic to the assignment and instruction session, yet gives results that are comparable across classes?
Performance Assessment is a qualitative method of assessment in which students demonstrate learning by completing specific tasks related to targeted learning outcomes. Performance Assessment encourages real-life application of skills and is well-suited to an information literacy program in which concepts carry more weight than the mechanics of searching.
The Augustana College instruction librarians use performance assessment to evaluate their work with a three-term sequence of required first-year general education classes (”Liberal Studies First Year” or LSFY). Replacing a fixed-choice, quantitative information literacy test, performance assessment has allowed the librarians to compare results across different assignments taught by different instructors in the LSFY sequence in order to identify -- and therefore address -- strengths and challenges in students’ research abilities.
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Makula, Amanda Y.; Bluemle, Stefanie R.; and Rogal, Margaret W.. "The Joy of (Performance) Assessment" (2013). Library and Information Science: Faculty Scholarship & Creative Works.
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Additional Files:ACRL 2013 handout.pdf (342 kB)