January 11 webcast: How to Improve your Library Instruction: assessment in five minutes

When: Wednesday, January 11th, 2:30-4:00 pm EST
Where: Gerstein Instruction Lab
Who: Everyone is welcome to attend, no need to register

NOTE: scroll to bottom to see suggested readings

How to Improve Your Library Instruction: Assessment in Five Minutes (ALA Editions Workshop)

When you’ve got a one-hour, one-shot library-instruction session scheduled, speedy and accurate student assessments are of paramount importance. Information literacy expert Sarah Steiner will show you how five minutes of skilled, targeted assessment is all you need to give you a precise understanding of students’ needs, learning, and retention. Drawing from real-life examples, Steiner will discuss how to write the best assessment questions and use inexpensive survey tools to gauge learning while you interact with students.

Topics Include:

  • How to write effective learning outcomes
  • How to ask questions that get you useful information
  • Examples with analysis on what other academic libraries are doing
  • Choosing an assessment model
  • Selecting appropriate assessment tools

About the Instructor

Sarah Steiner is the Social Work and Virtual Services Librarian at Georgia State University Library in Atlanta. A former learning commons librarian, she plans and teaches courses on information literacy and academic honesty. She is cofounder of the Carterette Series Webinars, which highlight trends, innovation, and best practices in Georgia libraries. As a 2011 Library Journal Mover & Shaker, Steiner was recognized for creating networking and professional development opportunities for librarians.

In preparation for the event, please read or view the following material.

“Effective Use of Performance Objectives for Learning and Assessment,” From Teacher & Education Development: http://ccoe.umdnj.edu/forms/EffectiveUseofLearningObjectives.pdf
Virginia Tech University Libraries Assessment Tools page: http://www.lib.vt.edu/RIS/clearinghouse/assessments.html
Utah State University Assessment page: http://library.usu.edu/instruct/assessment/index.php

Questions about the group viewing: gail.nichol@utoronto.ca

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