Assessment in Action

Kapi'olani Community College: Project Description

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Primary Outcome Examined (select one or more)

Student Learning: Assignment

Student Learning: Course

(No) Student Learning: Major

(No) Student Learning: Degree

(No) 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: Games

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

(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)


(No) Graduate

(No) Incoming

(No) Graduating

(No) Pre-College/Developmental/Basic Skills

(No) Other (please describe)

Discipline (select one or more)

(No) Arts


(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

(No) English Composition

(No) General Education

(No) Information Literacy Credit Course

Other (please describe)

Hawaiian Studies

AiA Team Members (select one or more)

(No) Assessment Office

(No) Institutional Research

Teaching Faculty

(No) Writing Center

(No) Information/Academic Technology

(No) Student Affairs

(No) Campus Administrator

(No) Library Administrator

Other Librarian

(No) Other (please describe)

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Methods and Tools (select one or more)


(No) Interviews

(No) Focus Group(s)

(No) Observation

(No) Pre/Post Test


(No) Other (please describe)

Direct Data Type (select one or more)

(No) Student Portfolio

(No) Research Paper/Project

Class Assignment (other than research paper/project)

(No) Other (please describe)

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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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. Kapiʻolani Community College (KCC)'s Assessment in Action project addressed the question: “How does customized library instruction for Hawaiian Studies students impact the attainment of information literacy skills?” The impact of contact time (one vs. two 75-minute sessions) was also assessed. The KCC team, a combination of dynamic and engaged faculty from Library, English Composition, and Hawaiian Studies, re-designed a library instruction learning tool called the Research Challenge. The Research challenge, initially developed for composition courses, was customized for Hawaiian Studies 270. This project targeted the college’s general education learning outcome on thinking/inquiry, supported the campus-wide focus on assessment, and aligned with KCC’s strategic outcome to support the success of Native Hawaiians. In the past few years, the library has begun to systematically assess student learning outcomes in relation to library instruction for composition courses. This project attempted to extend assessment to library instruction in the disciplines.

  • 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. Overall, this project has demonstrated that the Research Challenge is an effective method of teaching information literacy skills for Hawaiian Studies students. The assessment results, collected from evaluation of student work using a rubric as well as student survey results, showed that following library instruction, the majority of students met or exceeded expectations for proficiency in finding sources, utilizing core print Hawaiian Studies texts, using a print or online index, and determining if information found met their research needs. The results also exposed areas where students did not meet the anticipated benchmark. Areas for improvement include evaluating and citing sources. The data also suggests that an additional library session increased the number of students who achieved proficiency in information literacy skills and improved student confidence. This project was also a unique opportunity for a cross-disciplinary approach to assessment, with faculty from several disciplines engaging in conversations on information literacy assessment.

  • 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. As a result of this project, the Hawaiian Resources librarian will continue efforts to incorporate and increase library instruction in the Hawaiian Studies curriculum and recommend two sessions to instructional faculty when appropriate. The data also suggested that students needed additional help with evaluating and citing sources. This will be targeted in upcoming library instruction sessions. The assessment methods used in this project will also continue to be implemented, with the goal of increasing direct assessment practices in library instruction for Hawaiian Studies and Pacific Island studies courses.

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

  1. Contact:
    Annie Keola Kaukahi Thomas, Hawaiian Resources Librarian
    Kapiʻolani Community College
    4303 Diamond Head Road.
    Honolulu, HI 96816
    (808) 734-9599

Researching N? Akua: Assessing Library Instruction for Hawaiian Studies Students

The Kapi?olani Community College Assessment in Action team used a student survey and rubric to assess the impact of information literacy instruction for students enrolled in Hawaiian Studies 270: Hawaiian Mythology. The study also compared the effect of two library sessions vs. one. Results suggest that an additional library session increased the number of students who achieved proficiency in information literacy skills and improved student confidence.