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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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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: LibGuide 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

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

overall results
Overall Results

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the good
The Good
  • 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)
  • Time allocation
  • Consistency across sections
  • Different instructor personalities and teaching styles
the ugly
The Ugly
  • Plagiarism Avoidance Tutorial wouldn’t work
  • Lack of participation in the on-line IP Module
improvements
Improvements
  • Out of Class Experience
  • Retooling for Fall 2013
    • Plagiarism Avoidance Tutorial
    • IP Module
  • Continued Dialog with Professors
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