On July 13, 2012, University library faculty, in collaboration with SLOAA, shared the morning of their retreat to focus on assessment. The goals for this workshop were to assist library faculty in the development of more focused assessment of subject-specific instructional sessions, including the development of collaborative techniques for working with faculty to create student learning outcomes for these sessions; a discussion about the student learning outcomes assessment cycle; and methods for measuring the impact of instructional sessions.
During the workshop, faculty worked in small groups to develop a set of “best questions” to ask faculty members requesting subject-specific instructional sessions. These “best questions” provde scaffolding by guiding conversations and preparation of the sessions, and help to establish shared learning outcomes between course faculty and faculty librarians.
Faculty librarians also wanted to know how students use what is taught during the library instruction sessions to improve their course performance and expand their learning and application of information literacy skills.
Tools such as in-class assessment techniques were discussed, as well as other methods of assessing student learning of Information Literacy skills and knowledge.