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Thursday, June 9 • 11:15am - 12:15pm
Fear of Fa(i)(l)ling: Abandoning Old Assessment Footholds for New Ground

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In order to reach an authentic approach to assessment, we sometimes need to retreat from an entrenched position in our teaching and programming. At Davidson College, we recently faced this reality when re-evaluating our library orientation. The idea of sacrificing established methods of assessment threatened our continuity, but also inspired us to think about the measures that are truly impactful to student learning. This session will explore the costs and benefits of surrendering old assessment plans for new techniques and present strategies for developing authentic assessments, specifically assessment of students' conceptions about research via case studies in surveys and discussion forums. Attendees will come away with strategies for how to rethink library orientation in ways that allow for understanding and responding to student needs, and ideas for how to create assessments that will provoke conversations on campus.

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Sarah Crissinger

Information Literacy Librarian, Davidson College
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Cara Evanson

Information Literacy Librarian, Davidson College
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Jayme Sponsel

Assistant Director for Research, Learning & Outreach, Davidson College

Thursday June 9, 2016 11:15am - 12:15pm MDT
Faculty Center Open Space Marriott Library (University of Utah campus)