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Information Literacy Assessment: Alfred: Closing the Loop Suggestions

Alfred: Closing the Loop Suggestions





Personnel Involved

Time Frame



Revise assessment instrument and repeat assessment with upper level classes

Some questions may be unclear; it would be useful to see if upper level students improve


Library faculty; SAGE committee; Center for Online Learning, Coordinator of Assessment

Spring 2019?

The current survey went out to first year students in selected 2nd semester classes


Compile results based on individual students, rather than by section/class averages

  • Would allow pre-test and post-test
  • Would provide more accurate results


SAGE committee; Instruction librarians; Coordinator of Assessment; Center for Online Learning; Institutional Research Office




Add Information Literacy module  (several short questions) to next and subsequent NSSE (National Survey of Student Engagement) surveys

“This module asks students about their use of information and how much their instructors emphasized the proper use of information sources. This module complements questions on the core survey about higher‐order learning &

how much writing students do.” From NSSE website (no longer available)

(Institutions may append one module to the end of the survey at no charge and may append a second module for $250) NSSE website/pricing (no longer available)

SAGE committee; Provost; Institutional Research Office; Coordinator of Assessment; Instruction librarians

Next and future iterations of NSSE survey

Fosnacht, K. (2014). Information literacy and NSSE. College & Research Libraries News75(9), 490–500.


Zoellner, K. (2016). Exploring undergraduate student experiences with information literacy. Performance Measurement and Metrics, 17(3), 241-251. doi:


Pilot flipped classroom sessions with selected Comp 1503 sections


Example: Before coming to library class, students complete a worksheet/ tutorial emphasizing some of the areas of weakness identified in the assessment such as field searching, Boolean operators, de-coding a citation, etc.

  • It is impossible to pack all information literacy content into one 50-minute “one-shot” session, which is our standard delivery mode
  • A flipped classroom, using tutorials, videos, assignments, before a “one-shot” would introduce basic concepts & Information Literacy “frames”


Library faculty; English & Humanities Department

Fall 2019?

Garvey, M., Hays, A., & Stempler, A. (2017). A Collaborative Intervention: Measuring the Impact of a Flipped Classroom Approach on Library One-shots for the Composition Classroom. Collaborative Librarianship, (4), 259. Retrieved from,uid&db=edsgao&AN=edsgcl.528382225&site=eds-live&scope=site


(for example)


Investigate the concept of embedded librarians in selected sections of Comp 1503

  • Physical embedding of a librarian would be too resource heavy
  • Online “embedding” might be a solution combined with the “flipped classroom” and well-designed tutorials, videos, and assignments


Library faculty; English & Humanities Department

Fall 2019

Hoffman, Nadine, et al. "Teaching Research Skills through Embedded Librarianship." Reference Services Review, vol. 45, no. 2, 2017, pp. 211-226. ProQuest,



Investigate the cost and feasibility of purchasing off the shelf Information Literacy instruction modules, or alternatively, investigate availability of quality OER resources

  • Instruct from Credo can include both IL and Critical Thinking modules and assessments
  • ProQuest’s Research Companion  also includes related assessment instruments
  • Both products are linked to the current ACRL Framework and include built in assessment options


TBD (cost possibly shared with Provost’s Office or others as part of Gen Ed assessment expenses?)



SAGE committee; Provost; Institutional Research Office; Coordinator of Assessment; Instruction librarians

Spring 2019-



Develop a “scaffolded” IL program for each curriculum

  • Working with departmental faculty, determine where and how lower level and upper level IL competencies will be introduced and assessed, and by whom
  • Question: is this charted somewhere in Task Stream?


Library faculty; Coordinator of Assessment

Spring 2020-

Chamely-Wiik, D. dchamely@fau. ed., Dunn, K., Heydet-Kirsch, P., Holman, M., Meeroff, D., & Peluso, J. (2014). Scaffolding the Development of Students’ Research Skills for Capstone Experiences: A Multi-disciplinary Approach. Council on Undergraduate Research Quarterly, 34(4), 18–25. Retrieved from,uid&db=eue&AN=96410357&site=eds-live&scope=site



Working with departments, develop IL standards/rubrics for specific disciples based on ACRL and programmatic standards

  • See above;
  • This will hopefully encourage more and better IL assignments and opportunities for librarian interaction with departments


Library faculty; Departmental faculty

Fall 2019--




Develop a PDW workshop on the ACRL Framework and review how to create useful IL assignments



Instruction librarians

Fall 2019?