Thursday 25th July, 2013
1:30pm to 2:30pm
Kravis Center, Lower Court 62
Speakers: M. Sara Lowe, Educational Services Assessment & Instruction Librarian, Claremont Colleges Library, Claremont University Consortium
Sean Stone, Science and Asian Studies Librarian, Claremont Colleges Library, Claremont University Consortium
This presentation focuses on using curricular and authentic assessment methods to improve the quality of undergraduate theses and encourage their deposit in the institutional repository. The Claremont Colleges developed an informational literacy rubric and a program of visual curriculum mapping to inform instruction and assessment of student work in an authentic and scalable way. A major point of this work, particularly in the development of the rubric, has been the assessment of senior theses work in a variety of schools and departments. In some cases, senior theses deposits are mandatory, some encouraged and in others ignored. The development of the rubrics and increased attention to instruction at the capstone level has led to conversations about information literacy as well as the importance and appropriateness of depositing senior theses in the IR. The process provides a venue to discuss and promote senior theses deposits, encourages a variety of discussions between faculty and librarians, and reiterates the importance of student’s information literacy competencies.
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