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Assignments as Assessment. Michelle S. Millet Information Literacy Coordinator Trinity University. Today’s Objectives. Attendees will discover ways to create assignments within the context of library instruction to use as assessment tools;

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Assignments as Assessment

Michelle S. Millet

Information Literacy Coordinator

Trinity University

UTSA Symposium 2006


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Today’s Objectives

  • Attendees will discover ways to create assignments within the context of library instruction to use as assessment tools;

  • Attendees will learn about the theory behind assessment in higher education; and

  • Attendees will practice creating an assignment to ensure that I practice what I preach.



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Today’s Focus assessing student learning?

  • Out of the library classroom

  • Can be used in addition to instruction


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Today, we’re talking about… assessing student learning?

  • Assignments

    • Create a sense of value

    • Build relationship with faculty

    • Build relationship with students

  • Two Birds

  • Continuing or introducing the concepts of information literacy


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Question 2: How often do you wish you had more assessing student learning?time with the students?


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When…. assessing student learning?

  • to add an assessment?

    • Before class (pre-assess knowledge/comfort levels)

    • After class (what did students retain? How does this relate to learning?)

    • During class

      • Directly tied to your objectives


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Examples… assessing student learning?


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Pre/Post Testing assessing student learning?


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Research Log assessing student learning?


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Bibliography Analysis assessing student learning?

  • Work with faculty to define rubrics.

  • Make sure you comment on the bibliographies.

  • Often begins with the “signed” bibliography.


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Tiered Instruction assessing student learning?

  • Goes back to more time….

    • What if students had to complete a reference assignment before your class?

    • What if students had to complete an information literacy self assessment?


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Example Background Information Assignment assessing student learning?

Examine and annotate the following three sources. Annotations should begin with a correctly formatted citation and run 3-5 sentences in length. Please provide a brief description followed by an evaluative summary. Consider the following questions: Will it be useful in your research? Why or why not? What are the author’s credentials? Is there a bibliography? Does it include primary sources? Use your judgment.


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Example Self-Assessment assessing student learning?

  • I am comfortable using the library and doing research.

  • I usually have no problems finding information I need.

  • I can effectively search library catalogs and databases.

  • Once I have a list of the sources I need to consult, I can easily locate and obtain them.

  • I am familiar with the different kinds of information sources available.

  • I know the best reference books, indexes, and other general resources to use to get background information on my topic.


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Why? assessing student learning?

“Teaching without learning is just talking.”

Thomas A. Angelo and K. Patricia Cross. Classroom Assessment Techniques: A Handbook for College Teachers, 2nd ed. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1993, 3.


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The Theory of Assessment assessing student learning?

  • Higher Education

    • A Nation at Risk (1983)

  • Libraries

    • Parallel programmatic assessment

  • Library Instruction

    • ACRL Standards (1989)


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Assessment vs. Evaluation assessing student learning?

  • Evaluation of Teaching

    • How did we do?

  • Assessment of Learning

    • What did you learn?


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Classroom Evaluation assessing student learning?


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Assessment of Learning assessing student learning?


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How? assessing student learning?

  • Measurable Goals/Objectives

    • Start with three and make one measurable

  • Tie these to course goals


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The Creative Process assessing student learning?

  • Begin with your measurable objective

  • Consult Bloom’s for guidance

  • Remember the nuts and bolts:

    • Vary the assignment for the class if necessary

    • Be firm about deadlines if you can

    • Take the time to add comments


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Is this going to be graded? assessing student learning?

  • Yes!

  • Remember to keep your promises to students.


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Take Your Own Advice assessing student learning?

  • Don’t assume

  • Allow enough time

  • Collaborate

  • Try it yourself


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Let’s Try one! assessing student learning?

  • Class: Latin American Cultures. Common Curriculum Course, all levels, all majors.

  • Students are assigned three primary sources and they have to decide if violence in conquest of Mexico is justified.

  • Objective?

  • What kind of assignment could we tie to this course?


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Group Work assessing student learning?

  • Work in pairs to finish worksheet.


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Thanks! assessing student learning?

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