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Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Higher Education | Information Literacy | Library and Information Science

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At Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, where the academic calendar consists of trimesters, all first-year students enroll in a year-long sequence of three "Liberal Studies First Year" (LSFY) courses, which are taught by faculty from a variety of disciplines. LSFY emphasizes core competencies in reading, writing, oral communication, and information literacy.

Since 2011, the Augustana librarians have been using performance-based assessment to evaluate their work with LSFY classes. This qualitative approach, which encourages real-life application of skills, has proven well-suited to an information literacy program in which concepts carry more weight than the mechanics of searching. Each term, the librarians identify one of more skill(s) from the first-year information literacy skills matrix, and then design a performance-based assessment targeted to that skill(s).


Poster presented at the National Resource Center’s 32nd Annual Conference on the First-Year Experience, Rosen Centre Hotel, Orlando, FL. 25 Feb. 2013.

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