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Friday, July 20 • 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Don’t Venture Alone: Collaboratively Navigating Authentic Assessment

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This presentation will highlight a mid-size land-grant university’s process for assessing changes made to their instruction program. Presenters will share their assessment process for a mixed methods exploration of students’ research skills with a focus on synthesis. This authentic assessment was designed in response to a previous large-scale rubric study that indicated a need for changes in the instruction program.

The presenters will discuss how 10 librarians and staff collaborated to score 79 student papers with two rubrics in addition to a citation analysis that included 678 citations. This involved learning to use a rubric, reaching inter-rater reliability, collaborative analysis, and working with IRB to ethically collect and use student works. Part of sharing the process will include giving participants the opportunity to engage with assessment tools and think about how to use findings to re-think, revise, or just better understand student research behaviors.

Participants will also gain ideas and resources for conducting a rubric analysis of student works at their own institutions. More generally, they will leave with an understanding of how collaborative assessment can build community, serve as a professional development opportunity, and provide a mechanism for understanding how and when student learning is occurring, including the nuances of how learning and its barriers reveal themselves during authentic assessment. This deep immersion into student work, especially as an instructional team, provides valuable insight for changing practice, challenging our own teaching assumptions, and contributing to a culture of assessment.

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Teagan Eastman

Online Learning Librarian, Utah State University
Teagan is Utah State University’s Online Learning Librarian where she focuses on creating online learning materials, instructional design and technologies, user experience, and supporting USU’s large distance education program.
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Kacy Lundstrom

Head, Learning & Engagement Services, Utah State University
Kacy Lundstrom is the programming co-chair for Library Instruction West 2016 and the Library Instruction Coordinator at Utah State University.
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Katie Strand

First-Year Experience Librarian, Utah State University

Friday July 20, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm MDT
University Center 213