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Friday, July 20 • 11:30am - 12:30pm
Venture Through the Assessment Machine with Critical Pedagogy

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Assessment: Necessary evil? The solution to prove libraries’ value? Tool of institutional oppression? In this session, two information literacy coordinators attempt to answer the question: How do we as critical educators approach student learning outcomes assessment in our daily practice? Assessment is an institutional reality for most of us, though we might be in tension with our institutions’ approaches and top-down mandates. We will provide background on critical pedagogy’s relationships to assessment and the neoliberalization of higher education. From there we will shift to how we can push back against compliance and embrace ownership of understanding how students learn. One presenter will describe an approach to building a culture of critical assessment at a liberal arts college, another will take us through a learning outcomes assessment project where librarians scored student work at a public comprehensive university, and ultimately both will reflect on the assessment process from a critical perspective. We will spend time in the presentation engaging participants in reflecting on their own experiences with assessment and what might be possible. How do we challenge our own expectations for information literacy instruction and student expectations of librarians while remaining critical practitioners? How do we also, somehow meet the mandates of the institution?

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Carolyn Caffrey Gardner

Information Literacy Coordinator & Liaison Librarian, California State University, Dominguez Hills
Interested in the intersections of scholarly communication and information literacy, critical pedagogy, & all things instruction

Rebecca Halpern

Teaching and Learning Services Coordinator, Claremont Colleges

Friday July 20, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm MDT
University Center Ballroom East