Library Instruction by Design: Using Design Thinking to Meet Evolving Needs
Friday, June 1 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Reducing Drag: Instruction Collaboration in a Senior Capstone Laboratory Course

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Finding the time and space to promote information literacy can be difficult in upper division STEM courses. This presentation will model the process of a collaboration between an instruction librarian and mechanical engineering professor. This collaboration led to the inspiration for a redesign of a senior capstone laboratory assignment. The ideation came to life with an experiment where the students examine different drag reduction techniques on heavy vehicles.  This new lab assignment was created in order to motivate students to seek out information sources beyond their textbook. In addition, in-class information literacy instruction was offered during the lab class session. In order to measure success of the redesign, two quantitative methods were employed.  First, a rubric was used to assess the final reports for quality of sources and ethical use of information.   Secondly, students completed surveys to self-report their understanding and perception of information fluency.  This process of redesigning a single assignment within a senior-level course provided valuable insights that can be shared and replicated in other laboratory-based learning environments. 
Session Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will be able to identify non-traditional learning activities that require information literacy skills in order to target specific courses for instruction.
  • Participants will be able to choose appropriate assessment tools in order to build iteration into their instruction solutions.

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Amber Janssen

Instruction & Assessment LIbrarian, California State University, Maritime Academy
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William Tsai

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, CSU Maritime Academy

Friday June 1, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Xavier University of San Francisco - Fromm Hall 2497 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94118-4315

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