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Assessment in Action

Florida International University: Project Description

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Primary Outcome Examined (select one or more)

(No) Student Learning: Assignment

(No) Student Learning: Course

(No) Student Learning: Major

(No) Student Learning: Degree

(No) Student Engagement

Student Success

(No) Academic Intimacy/Rapport

(No) Enrollment

(No) Retention

(No) Completion

(No) Graduation

(No) Articulation

(No) Graduates' Career Success

(No) Testing (e.g., GRE, MCAT, LSAT, CAAP, CLA, MAPP)

(No) Other (please describe)

Primary Library Factor Examined (select one or more)

(No) Instruction

(No) Instruction: Games

(No) Instruction: One Shot

Instruction: Course Embedded

(No) Instruction: Self-Paced Tutorials

(No) Reference

(No) Educational Role (other than reference or instruction)

(No) Space, Physical

(No) Discovery (library resources integrated in institutional web and other information portals)

(No) Discovery (library resource guides)

(No) Discovery (from preferred user starting points)

(No) Collections (quality, depth, diversity, format or currency)

(No) Personnel (number and quality)

(No) Other (please describe)

Student Population (select one or more)

Undergraduate

(No) Graduate

(No) Incoming

(No) Graduating

(No) Pre-College/Developmental/Basic Skills

(No) Other (please describe)

Discipline (select one or more)

(No) Arts

Humanities

Social Sciences

(No) Natural Sciences (i.e., space, earth, life, chemistry or physics)

Formal Sciences (i.e., computer science, logic, mathematics, statistics or systems science)

(No) Professions/Applied Sciences

(No) English Composition

General Education

(No) Information Literacy Credit Course

(No) Other (please describe)

AiA Team Members (select one or more)

Assessment Office

(No) Institutional Research

(No) Teaching Faculty

(No) Writing Center

(No) Information/Academic Technology

(No) Student Affairs

(No) Campus Administrator

Library Administrator

Other Librarian

Other (please describe)

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Methods and Tools (select one or more)

Survey

(No) Interviews

Focus Group(s)

(No) Observation

(No) Pre/Post Test

Rubric

(No) Other (please describe)

Direct Data Type (select one or more)

(No) Student Portfolio

Research Paper/Project

(No) Class Assignment (other than research paper/project)

Other (please describe)

Indirect Data Type (select one or more)

(No) Test Scores

(No) GPA

(No) Degree Completion Rate

(No) Retention Rate

Other (please describe)

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Executive Summary (150 words open)

  • How does the project align with your institution’s priorities and needs?
  • Why did you choose the outcome and library factor as areas to examine?
  • Why was the team composition appropriate?

  1. The team composition was on target with four library faculty members, one member from Institutional Effectiveness, and one member from the Global Learning initiative. The team chose to explore the influence of discipline and library faculty collaboration on students' information literacy because students' success is a priority at FIU.

  • What are the significant contributions of your project?
  • What was learned about assessing the library’s impact on student learning and success?
  • What was learned about creating or contributing to a culture of assessment on campus?
  • What, if any, are the significant findings of your project?

  1. This project has deepened understanding about opportunities and challenges of collaboration between discipline and library faculty. We learned:

    1) There is a correlation between the amount of time/effort invested in faculty collaboration and students’ information literacy gains. However, we recognize that correlation does not mean causation.
    2) Faculty are committed to teaching and assessing IL, but confusion in its definition interferes with collaboration.
    3) Discipline and library faculty perceive students’ IL performance differently.
    4) Generally, the GL faculty pairs who invested 10 to 50 hours in defining terms, selecting IL outcomes, creating materials. planning and delivering instruction, and providing student feedback had the greatest influence on students’ information literacy gains.

  • What will you change as a result of what you learned (– e.g., institutional activities, library functions or practices, personal/professional practice, other)?
  • How does this project contribute to current, past, or future assessment activities on your campus?

  1. We will expand discipline and library faculty collaboration further in the Global Learning program in the future. Workshops will be developed for faculty to help clarify information literacy concepts. Additionally, workshop on basic teaching and assessment techniques and the course management system will be offered to library faculty.

Please list any articles published, presentations given, URL of project website, and team leader contact details.

  1. Shawn Tonner
    Interim Associate Dean
    University Libraries - GL230E
    Florida International University
    Miami, FL 33199
    stonner@fiu.edu

Filename
Final_AiA_full_size.pdf Influence of Faculty Collaboration of Students' Information Literacy