val-1 A team from OCLC Research, which ACRL selected last summer, has been hard at work since August to design, develop, and deliver a new action-oriented agenda on library contributions to student learning and success. Team members have released an initial draft of the agenda (PDF), and they seek your input and reactions. Submit your thoughts via the feedback form by December 16, 2016.

The team will release a revised draft in January and present at the ALA Midwinter meeting on Sunday, January 22, 2017, 1:00 PM – 2:30 pm, during ACRL’s Update on the Value of Academic Libraries Initiative. Find out more about the scope of the agenda and background on the project website or by watching the recording of a recent ACRL online forum.

NILOA issues statement on importance of documenting learning

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May 112016
 

The National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) recently issued a policy statement Higher Education Quality: Why Documenting Learning Matters. It outlines the warrant for multiple, systematic approaches to obtain evidence of authentic student achievement and addresses some well-reasoned concerns that poorly designed assessment efforts can distract from rather than enhance the quality of teaching and learning.

In this new statement, NILOA argues that improving student and institutional performance must be a national priority as what educators call the “assessment movement” and the information it generates are foundational to addressing some of the greatest challenges the country currently faces. It offers a succinct summary of what the assessment movement has achieved thus far, drawing on NILOA’s work in the field over the past decade, and concludes with five principles that can spread and accelerate assessment work worthy of the promises colleges and universities make to their students, policy makers, and the public. Read more in the press release and full policy statement.

Putting Assessment into Action

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Jan 282016
 

AiA coverACRL announces the publication of Putting Assessment into Action: Selected Projects from the First Cohort of the Assessment in Action Grant, edited by Eric Ackermann.

Are you new to library assessment? Are you tasked with conducting an assessment project and don’t know what methods to use, or which ones are the most effective (or practical)? The methodological issues addressed in Putting Assessment into Action are based on the real world, practical experience of librarians who participated in the first cohort of the ACRL Assessment in Action program. Unlike many books on this subject, this volume allows the selection of an appropriate assessment method(s) based on the activity or program being assessed without requiring extensive previous knowledge of research design, methods, or statistics.

Twenty seven cases are presented in arenas as varied as assessing fourth year undergraduate learning, first year experience, graduate student information literacy, technology facilities, assessing outreach services and space, and more. The cases feature 25 American and two Canadian institutions representing a wide range of institutional types from doctoral/research universities to baccalaureate/masters granting institutions to a tribal college and a community college. Putting Assessment into Action is appropriate for professional Library and Information Science collections in all types of libraries.

Putting Assessment into Action: Selected Projects from the First Cohort of the Assessment in Action Grant is available for purchase in print, as an e-book, and as a print/ e-book bundle through the ALA Online Store; in print and for Kindle through Amazon.com; and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.

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