Assessing Information Literacy in General Education

Toolkit for assessing information literacy student learning outcomes in general education courses at EMU.

Introduction

Most areas of General Education at EMU have student learning outcomes (SLOs) related to information literacy. Because diverse approaches are used in different areas of Gen Ed to refer to information literacy concepts, this guide maps the Gen Ed SLOs related to information literacy to the Library's information literacy SLOs.

The goal of this mapping is to provide one consolidated list of information literacy outcomes, along with related teaching resources and assessment rubrics that can be integrated into Canvas, or used independently.

Area I: Effective Communication

Written Composition

3. Understand multiple modes of inquiry and demonstrate the ability to incorporate significant research into writing that engages a question and/or topic.

                Library SLOs 3. b. – 3. e.

6. Use academic citation systems (MLA/APA) for documenting work.

                Library SLO 3. a.

8. Acquire the ability to locate and critically assess sources online.

                Locate: Library SLOs 1. b. & 1. d.

                Critically assess:  Library SLOs 2. a. – 2. e.

Oral Communication

6. Demonstrate the principles of ethical oral public communication.

                Library SLOs 3. a. & 3. b.

Upper-Level Writing Intensive Courses in the Major

3. Formulate research questions and employ strategies for researching and responding to questions.

                Library SLOs 1. a. – 1. e.

5. Understand conventions for communicating, disseminating, and interpreting information within a discipline.

                Library SLOs 3. a. & 3. b.

Area II: Quantitative Reasoning

This area does not contain any outcomes related to information literacy.

Area III: Perspectives of a Diverse World

Global Awareness

5. Analyze and synthesize information from diverse sources to make informed decisions regarding global issues.

                Library SLOs 3. c. – 3. e.

U.S. Diversity

This area does not contain any outcomes related to information literacy.

Area IV: Knowledge of the Disciplines

Arts

This area does not contain any outcomes related to information literacy.

Humanities

This area does not contain any outcomes related to information literacy.

Foreign Language

This area does not contain any outcomes related to information literacy.

Social Science

5. Use social science methods and content to interpret and analyze data and reports in the media and to make informed decisions regarding local, national, and international issues.

                Library SLOs 2. a. – 2. e.

Natural Science

3. Become a scientifically literate citizen

b. Interpret, analyze, and critically evaluate data and reports in the media relating to the natural sciences.

                Library SLOs 2. a. – 2. e.

d. Employ available resources to find relevant scientific or technical information.

                Library SLOs 1. b. & 1. d.

Learning Beyond the Classroom

One area of LBC has an outcome related to information literacy:

Undergraduate Research

  1. Learn to carry out self-directed or independent learning projects.

All Library student learning outcomes may be relevant.