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).
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Bluemle, Stefanie R.; Makula, Amanda Y.; and Rogal, Margaret W.. "Concept/Context: Information Literacy and Assessment in the First Year" (2013). Library and Information Science: Faculty Scholarship & Creative Works.
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Additional Files:Concept Context handout.pdf (767 kB)