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Brigham Young University-Provo: 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

Student Engagement

(No) 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

(No) Instruction: Course Embedded

(No) Instruction: Self-Paced Tutorials

(No) Reference

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

(No) Space, Physical

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

(No) Humanities

(No) Social Sciences

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

(No) Formal Sciences (i.e., computer science, logic, mathematics, statistics or systems science)

(No) Professions/Applied Sciences

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

Information/Academic Technology

(No) Student Affairs

(No) Campus Administrator

(No) Library Administrator

(No) Other Librarian

(No) Other (please describe)

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Methods and Tools (select one or more)

(No) Survey

(No) Interviews

(No) Focus Group(s)

(No) Observation

(No) Pre/Post Test

(No) Rubric

Other (please describe)

Web analytics

Direct Data Type (select one or more)

(No) Student Portfolio

(No) Research Paper/Project

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

Other (please describe)

Web analytics

Indirect Data Type (select one or more)

(No) Test Scores

(No) GPA

(No) Degree Completion Rate

(No) Retention Rate

(No) Other (please describe)

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Inquiry Question (150 words open)

What was the project's primary inquiry question?

  1. In 2012, Brigham Young University introduced its own learning management system (LMS), Learning Suite. With this move, the library lost its previous integration in the LMS, including direct contact with students. Learning Suite reintegrated the library through its “Library Resources” link. This link takes students directly to the library’s research guides.The project's primary question was how well the library was engaging with students through the university’s learning management system.

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. This project assessed student use of the library's integration into the university's learning management system, specifically focusing on the library integration into English department courses that fulfill the university’s “Advanced Writing and Oral Communications” (AW) general education requirement. The learning outcomes of this requirement include rhetorical knowledge, disciplinary writing, writing processes, processes of disciplinary research, oral communication, and knowledge of convention. To learn the processes of disciplinary research, each AW course includes a library unit with subject liaison librarians. The integrated library course guide provides students with information on attending library workshops and completing a library assignment that help to fulfill the university's learning outcome.

  • 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. The project concluded that the library is not effectively reaching students enrolled in the general education Advanced Writing requirement through the university's learning management system (LMS). As a result, the library is reevaluating its current presence in the LMS and is advocating with administration for a stronger library presence in the LMS. The university is also investigating an alternative LMS with more integration possibilities. The library hopes to to increase student engagement with the library via either a new LMS or a redesign of the library's presence in the current LMS.

  • 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. The project concluded that the library is not effectively reaching students enrolled in the general education Advanced Writing requirement through the university's learning management system (LMS). As a result, the library is reevaluating its current presence in the LMS and is advocating with administration for a stronger library presence in the LMS. The university is also investigating an alternative LMS with more integration possibilities. The library hopes to to increase student engagement with the library via either a new LMS or a redesign of the library's presence in the current LMS.

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

  1. Leanna Fry Balci
    Instructional Design Librarian
    Harold B. Lee Library
    Brigham Young University
    2229 HBLL
    Provo, UT 84602
    801-422-8981
    leanna_balci@byu.edu

This project assessed how students are accessing library resources that are integrated into the university’s learning management system (LMS). The assessment discovered that the library is not effectively engaging with students via the LMS.
Filename
AiA_poster.pdf Lost Library Links: Student’s Ignore LMS Library Integration