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Thursday, July 19 • 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Revealing instruction opportunities: A syllabus analysis study for disciplinary curricular mapping

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Data-driven outreach is essential to ensure efficient curriculum-integrated instruction. Haphazard information literacy instruction is an inefficient use of everyone’s time. With a syllabus analysis study librarians can plan strategic, evidence-based instructional outreach and work with teaching faculty to integrate a scaffolded information literacy instruction program.
This study examined 369 syllabi from three departments at a global university. The authors developed and normed a rubric based on ACRL’s 2015 Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education to analyze the syllabi for information literacy learning outcomes. The rubric rated syllabi for the presence of these six themes using a three-indicator scale: not present, implied, or explicitly stated. Coding on these themes was completed using the qualitative software analysis tool NVivo, which allowed for a nuanced textual analysis. Interrater reliability was calculated from 25 randomly selected syllabi; Cohen’s kappa calculations for interrater reliability were .92, which indicates that the raters had a high level of agreement, and that the rubric is a reliable and valid instrument which can be used to replicate and scale the study.
The analysis revealed strategic opportunities for information literacy instruction, particularly among syllabi that contained “explicitly stated” information literacy learning outcomes on several dimensions of the rubric. This presentation will discuss the process of developing an analytic rubric, as well as best practices in gathering, organizing, and coding data in order to engage in qualitative research.

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Melissa Beuoy

Librarian for Education, Human Development and Food Studies, New York University
Melissa Beuoy is Librarian for Education, Human Development and Food Studies at New York University. She has worked in academic libraries on and off since graduating with her MLIS from San Jose State University in 2005. Her MA in International Educational Development led to work on... Read More →

Katherine Boss

New York University

Thursday July 19, 2018 3:00pm - 3:30pm MDT
University Center 221