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Archer Library Instruction Program

Faculty Resource • Opportunities for course integrated library instruction

Student Reflection • How did you?

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How did you grow as a student researcher today?

1. Describe a new search strategy you learned.

2. Share a research term you learned and what it means.

3. Describe a (database) search mistake you made and what you learned from it.

4. Explain how you challenged yourself during today's session.

5. Discuss something you learned during today's session and how it helped you locate a quality resource.

Questions adapted from Math Coach's Corner, (Boucher, D., 2016).

Instruction Statistics

A Closer Look

Academic Year • 2022-23

Classes: 47
Students: 799
Hours: 51

Academic Year • 2021-22

Classes:  69
Students: 1,438
Hours: 77

Academic Year • 2020-21

Classes:  18
Students: 308
Hours: 21

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Assessment Overview

Library Instruction & Assessment

Library instruction assessment is most often formative. It includes (1) feedback from the student (exit tickets) focused on their learning, such as how library instruction sessions have improved their understanding of and skills related to concepts presented; (2) in-class activities applying skills introduced during instruction; and (3) planned question and answer sessions.

Type of assessment will vary according to information literacy standards and student learning outcomes determined by the instruction librarian and course instructor.

Assessment options include one-minute papers (note cards), student reflection prompts, surveys, informal polls, exit tickets, worksheets, and pre- and post-quizzes. Instructor designed exit tickets routinely used for course outcomes, that are focused on library instruction sessions, may also be utilized for this purpose.

Assessment Options

Exit Tickets & One-Minute Papers

Students are given one minute at the end of a library instruction session to provide feedback. This may take the form of an exit ticket or a one-minute paper with prompts. Completed items are returned to the instruction librarian as students leave the active learning lab. This option can be used for face-to-face, hybrid, or online instruction sessions (synchronous or asynchronous).

The number of questions is limited to three and may include:

  • What are the three most significant things you have learned during this session?
  • What important question about today's topic remains unanswered?
  • Is there anything you did not understand?
  • What two things did you learn during today's group activity?
  • What was the most confusing concept in today's class?


Exit Ticket Examples

Supporting Activities

Group work and active learning may be supplemented with worksheets and online resources providing students with opportunity to practice skills learned during and after instruction. These artifacts are reviewed by the instruction librarian and results subsequently returned to the course instructor.


Activity Examples

Polls & Surveys

Polls & surveys are used to gather feedback from students at the conclusion of face-to-face and online, synchronous and asynchronous, library instruction sessions. Librarians may use informal point-of-need polling within library guides or using platforms such as Poll Everywhere.

Structured forms, polls, and surveys are most often developed using LibWizard, Archer Library's feedback and assessment platform. Students are informed that responses are confidential and summary information will be shared with Archer Library faculty and staff as needed. Responses may be shared with instructors if requested; instruction librarians will provide these details to students as needed.

Poll & Survey Examples

Pre- & Post- Instruction Quizzes

Pre & post session quizzes may be used to determine student knowledge and experience prior to attending sessions, and measure student growth and learning after instruction has taken place. Instructors share the pre-quiz with students before their scheduled library session, and the post-quiz at a determined date after instruction. Data gathered is shared with instructors at their request. Information garnered from quizzes is shared with library instruction faculty and utilized to improve subsequent instruction.

Instruction Quiz Examples



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