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Re-tooling Information Instruction Delivery and Assessment for the Freshman Engineering Class: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Mary L. Strife, Marian G. Armour-Gemmen, Robin A.M. Hensel. 120 th ASEE Annual Conference Atlanta, GA 23-26 June 2013. Background. Began Summer 2011

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Re-tooling Information Instruction Delivery and Assessment for the Freshman Engineering Class: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Mary L. Strife, Marian G. Armour-Gemmen, Robin A.M. Hensel

120th ASEE Annual Conference Atlanta, GA

23-26 June 2013


Background
Background for the Freshman Engineering Class: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

  • Began Summer 2011

  • Continuous part of Engineering 101

  • Consensus to fit in Living Partnership

  • Buy-in by administration to ABET outcomes


Student outcomes
Student Outcomes for the Freshman Engineering Class: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

  • Knowledge of how to evaluate an article

  • Ability to appropriately cite an article

  • Familiarity with four source databases for engineering research

  • Understanding of plagiarism and how to avoid it

  • Ability to identify four types of intellectual property


Information delivery
Information Delivery for the Freshman Engineering Class: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

  • Focus on Problem-Based (Active) Learning in the construction of all sessions

  • Three Delivery Environments:

    • In-Class Session

    • IP Module on Blackboard

    • “Out of Class Experience” (OCE)


Topics covered in in class session
Topics Covered in In-Class Session for the Freshman Engineering Class: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

  • Basic library webpages (including LibGuide)

  • Exercise about when to quote a source

  • Information use overview:

    • Worldwide web resources and Wikipedia

    • Evaluating resources with a mnemonic device

  • Class exercise to identify different types of citations as well as parts of a citation

  • Introduction to Summon (WVU Libraries’ discovery service)


Topics covered in intellectual property module
Topics Covered in Intellectual Property Module for the Freshman Engineering Class: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

  • Article on eReserve

  • Introduction to intellectual property

  • Exercise identifying trademarks

  • Introduction to patents

  • Exercise for searching patents

  • Quiz on intellectual property


Out of class experience oce
Out of Class Experience (OCE) for the Freshman Engineering Class: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

  • Length

    • Initial: One hour sessions

    • Change: Expanded to 1.5 hours in 2nd semester

  • Assignments

    • Initial: Could complete within two weeks

    • Change: Needed to be completed in the session

  • Assignment Worksheet

    • Initial: Included paper and electronic resources

    • Change: Included electronic resources only

  • MLA Citations

    • Initial: Full citation had to be written out by student

    • Change: Provided fill-in-the-blank citations


Oce sign ups libguide survey function
OCE Sign-ups: for the Freshman Engineering Class: the Good, the Bad and the UglyLibGuide Survey Function

  • 1st semester added many additional sessions because students didn’t sign-up

  • 2nd semester integrated sign-ups during the in-class session


Topics covered in oce
Topics Covered in OCE for the Freshman Engineering Class: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Each student:

Was provided a different subject to research

Searched for a book, technical report, and journal article

Searched for graph in a specific book

Databases used:

MountainLynx(library catalog)

DOE Information Bridge

SAE Digital Library

EI Compendex

Knovel


Evaluation observations
Evaluation & Observations for the Freshman Engineering Class: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly


Overall results
Overall Results for the Freshman Engineering Class: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

p-value = 0.001


Results from the course section pre and post tests
Results from the Course Section Pre- and Post-Tests for the Freshman Engineering Class: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly


The good
The Good for the Freshman Engineering Class: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

  • Increased cooperation and buy-in by faculty

  • Librarians integrated as part of the teaching team

  • Librarians participation as judges of Engineering 101 mini-conference

  • Significant learning by students over the pre- and post-tests


Challenges the bad
Challenges (the Bad) for the Freshman Engineering Class: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

  • Time allocation

  • Consistency across sections

  • Different instructor personalities and teaching styles


The ugly
The Ugly for the Freshman Engineering Class: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

  • Plagiarism Avoidance Tutorial wouldn’t work

  • Lack of participation in the on-line IP Module


Improvements
Improvements for the Freshman Engineering Class: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

  • Out of Class Experience

  • Retooling for Fall 2013

    • Plagiarism Avoidance Tutorial

    • IP Module

  • Continued Dialog with Professors


Contact
Contact for the Freshman Engineering Class: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Mary Strife [email protected]

Marian [email protected]

Robin [email protected]


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