UWM Libraries Instruction Program

Library Instruction Impacts Student Success

  • Students who receive library instruction succeed because they are placed in the context of critical thinking and communication goals.
  • Our program is aligned with information literacy goals established by the UW System and informed by the Association of College and Research Libraries Standards.
  • The User Services Division provides leadership on campus for integrating information literacy skills in the classroom, course, and program levels.

UWM Libraries Instruction Program

Student Learning Outcomes Assessment and Evaluation Plans Teaching and Learning Resources Learning Assessment Activities Evidence of Student Learning Use of Student Learning Evidence
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Student Learning Outcomes

Information Literacy is one of the UW System Shared Learning Goals. UWM graduates will be able to…

  • Determine the extent of information needed to solve a problem
  • Access the needed information
  • Evaluate information and its sources critically
  • Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose
  • Use information ethically and legally

Assessment & Evaluation Plans

Internal Assessment Schedules and Reports

Teaching & Learning Resources

Resources for Improving Student Information Literacy Outcomes

Learning Assessment Activities

Librarians utilize both formative, active assessment and student self-assessment to continuously improve our instructional practices in order to positively impact student learning.

Evidence of Student Learning

We gather evidence from students and faculty to measure the impact that our information literacy contributions have on student success.

  • Information Literacy Tutorial Assessment (2011)
    • Scope: 5 tutorial-embedded feedback surveys, 63 student discussion posts from English 102 D2L courses that partnered on the pilot, and an instructor focus group.
    • Findings: Students demonstrated real learning knowledge and expressed that the tutorial was helpful for their tasks. No usability problems were reported.
    • Action Taken: The Information Literacy Tutorial was fully released as the online instruction for English 102 online sections and as a open educational resource for individual use.
  • Faculty Survey (2015)
    • Scope: 113 surveys completed.
    • Findings: 95% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that the instruction was helpful for completing the research component of the class. 100% of respondents said “yes” they would recommend library instruction to other faculty.
    • Action Taken: We will rewrite lesson plans to better align with faculty expectations and learning goals, incorporate pre-assessment activities to accommodate all levels of students, and provide instructional coaching for librarians and interns.
  • Student Testimonials (2015)
    • Scope: Research Help Desk surveys; in-class assessments; post-class assessments; consultation feedback.
    • Findings: Overall, students report improvement in their ability to locate relevant information sources and satisfactory answers to their questions, and are appreciative of library services.
    • Action Taken: Our goal is to develop an authentic assessment for gathering evidence of student learning.
  • English 102 Portfolio Assessment (in progress)
    • Scope: Random sampling of portfolios from three in-person sections and one online section of English 102.

Use of Student Learning Evidence

We use the evidence we gather to develop programmatic goals to advance information literacy in courses and degrees and report our impact on student learning outcomes.Goals for 2016-18

  1. Establish stronger connections with schools and colleges to address information literacy learning goals for underprepared and at-risk students.
  2. Collaborate with undergraduate program coordinators to scaffold information literacy throughout the major.
  3. Explore opportunities to partner with the Office of Institutional Research, Student Success Collaborative, faculty, and college assessment coordinators to measure impact on retention and graduation.
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Adapted from National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment. (2011). Transparency Framework. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA). Retrieved from: http://www.learningoutcomesassessment.org/TransparencyFramework.htm