Closing the Loop: How an information literacy assessment plan contributes to first-year student success at UT Austin
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Before attending the assessment track of Immersion I struggled with writing an assessment plan for my unit, which works collaboratively with faculty members to support information literacy in first-year seminar courses. Through Immersion, I had a breakthrough in my thinking about how to feasibly assess the mixture of teaching techniques and learning outcomes used throughout my unit to support the diversity of courses we work with. I brought the insights gained through work with my Immersion instructors and cohort members home, and my colleagues and I finished and enacted a comprehensive assessment plan. My poster will cover highlights of our plan, focusing on changes that we have made based on what we learned about student learning through assessment. I plan to feature: 1) How we are using individual classroom and course-level assessment methods as part of our program level assessment. 2) How we worked with faculty members to assess course-integrated information literacy in both large classes and small seminars. 3) How we have used the evidence we gathered to improve our program. 4) How the process of working together to create an assessment plan has increased both confidence in using student learning assessment methods and communication about assessment within my unit. I plan to interact with viewers by sharing what we have accomplished through assessment since my Immersion experience, and inviting them to discuss their experiences with assessment and successful methods they have used. This exchange of ideas will contribute to the ever-growing culture of assessment within our profession.
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