We asked participants in ACRL’s Assessment in Action (AiA) to share a few thoughts on their experience. Here is what Nastasha E. Johnson, Physical and Mathematical Sciences Information Specialist at the
Purdue University Libraries had to say about her project: “Embedded information literacy within an introduction to design process course: successive citation analyses and student reflections as an assessment of learning“:
Abstract: In this study, 160 students’ bibliographic work is analyzed over 3 assignments, and coupled with students’ successive perceptions of their IL skills over the course. Triangulation between themes in students’ IL skill perception, demonstrated citation analysis, and graded performance will be discussed. This project, supported by the Assessment In Action national initiative, was designed to inform the campus community and the larger library community about the impact of embedded library instruction on student performance and students’ IL skills perceived and actual.
1. What was your greatest challenge during the course of your Assessment in Action project? The greatest challenge during this process was managing a large amount of data, while working toward meaning both quantitatively and qualitatively. However, by pursuing both quantitative and qualitative meaning, I believe this project’s findings were strengthened. Our quantitative data obviously looked at students’ academic work performance. By seeking qualitative data, however, we specifically asked students to reflect and evaluate their skills throughout the project, which allowed instructors and librarians to reflect on their own instruction and performance.
2. What is your #1 recommendation for other librarians who want to conduct an assessment project on student learning and success? I recommend using several instructors and several sections of the same course in order to gain a more accurate picture of learning objectives and actual student performance. Also, by working with several instructors, a sense of unity and teamwork forms throughout the project and continues after the course concludes.
3. What is the #1 thing you gained through your participation in Assessment in Action? I felt extremely encouraged as a result of this study, which showed statistical significance in students’ academic growth, development, and competence in their information literacy skills as a result of the librarian cooperation with professors. I also gained the confidence to talk to stakeholders and campus administrators about library assessment and library impacts.
Thank you Nastasha for the great project!