Evaluating for Excellence: Assessing Library Instruction
Northeast Lakeview College (NLC) serves over 6000 students in the greater San Antonio area. Our diverse student body includes many "first generation" students. To address the needs of a growing library instruction program and to introduce students to academic research, NLC librarians developed a program, using Blackboard Vista (BBV) to deliver library instruction to first semester freshmen English students. The highly interactive, self-paced BBV tutorials emphasize basic information literacy skills that are reinforced with a follow-up face-to-face library instruction session. Since Fall 2009, we have evolved these tutorials from an optional, self-registration model to a listed course in our college catalog - LIBR 0001 - a registration-linked, mandatory class component of ENGL 1301, our first semester composition course. Data analysis indicates that students completing the tutorials are gaining skills and knowledge, and are transferring that knowledge to successfully complete assignments in their English course. We will include details from the analysis and evaluation of data, including overall completion rates, question-by-question analysis, and how working with the English faculty factors into our success rates. We will demonstrate our existing BBV tutorials and discuss the beneficial use of technology in our information literacy instruction, including 24-hour accessibility for students. We will discuss our strategies for the future, including partnering with faculty to improve student learning and alignment with English Department student learning outcomes. Further, we will describe our plan for incorporating this type of instruction into other NLC courses and will demonstrate modules currently being created for a Student Development course.
Nichols, Julie and Johnson, Kristin, "Match Made in Heaven: Blackboard Vista, Information Literacy, and College Freshmen" (2013). LOEX Conference Proceedings 2011. 7.