Main Article Content
Given the growing pressure on academic institutions and, by extension, academic libraries to establish student learning outcomes and demonstrate their impact on student learning, researchers at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) explored how outcome-based instructional design can be used to 1) collect student data, 2) assess student learning, and 3) improve instruction. Two surveys were distributed to 59 undergraduate students who were enrolled in an introductory composition course at IUPUI. Because previous studies (e.g. Ford, Miller and Moss 2005) have linked human individual differences with web search strategy, the first survey collected information about the students’ demographic features. The second survey, a search log, collected information about the sources that students chose, the search terms they used and the strategies they employed in order to complete their research. The students submitted their first survey after the instructional session and the second survey after they completed their research project. Using this data, the researchers examined whether students’ achievement could be associated with their personal characteristics and/or the librarian’s instruction. In contrast to Ford, Miller and Moss’s study (2005), no significant relationships were found between students’ personal characteristics and their search behaviour. However, after receiving instruction, all students were able to create keywords and structure them into search queries using Boolean operators. These results suggest that outcome-based instructional design is an effective pedagogical method for gathering assessment data and that the survey instrument was a useful tool for assessing this outcome - by providing both a measurement of student learning and a means of evaluating the librarian’s instruction.
How to Cite
LACY, Meagan; CHEN, Hsin-liang. Rethinking library instruction: using learning-outcome based design to teach online search strategies. Journal of Information Literacy, [S.l.], v. 7, n. 2, p. 126-148, nov. 2013. ISSN 1750-5968. Available at: <https://ojs.lboro.ac.uk/JIL/article/view/PRA-V7-I2-2013-3>. Date accessed: 25 may 2019. doi: https://doi.org/10.11645/7.2.1778.
information literacy; library instruction; student learning outcomes; search strategies; undergraduate students; academic libraries; USA
Peer reviewed articles
The Journal of Information Literacy ( JIL) is an open access title and authors retain copyright in their articles and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike Licence. You are free to deposit a copy in your institutional repository but we would appreciate an acknowlegement that it was first published in the Journal of Information Literacy with a link back to the JIL site. To ensure the broadest possible audience for the Journal of Information Literacy the editorial team has set up a number of agreements which stipulate that the journal’s issues will be included on one or more subscription databases, although the articles will still be available free of charge and in full text format. If you wish to have your article excluded from these agreements please state so in the ‘Comments to Editor’ box.