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Hal Loewen (Librarian): OT 7560 Acceptable Evidence

Validity and Reliability of Assessment

  1. How does the assessment tie back to the desired results (understandings, knowledge, skills, and values)?
If the desired result is for learners to...

(Enduring Understandings) understand...

  • that searching for information is often nonlinear and iterative, requires evaluation of a range of information, and requires mental flexibility to understand that searching can be complex  (Searching as Strategic Exploration)

(Essential Questions) thoughtfully consider the questions...

  • what is the best resource to use to find specific articles?
  • what is the most straight forward strategy to use to quickly find articles on a specific topic?
  • what articles are freely available on the Internet and which ones require a subscription?

(Knowledge/Skills/Values) know... be able to... value...

  • determine an appropriate scope of investigation (Research as Inquiry)
  • use various research methods, based on need, circumstance, and type of inquiry (Research as Inquiry)
  • synthesize ideas gathered from multiple sources (Research as Inquiry)
  • determine the initial scope of the task required to meet their information needs (Searching as Strategic Exploration)
  • match information needs and search strategies to appropriate search tools (Searching as Strategic Exploration)
  • design and refine needs and search strategies as necessary, based on search results (Searching as Strategic Exploration)
  • understand how information systems (i.e., collections of recorded information) are organized in order to access relevant information (Searching as Strategic Exploration)
  • use different types of searching language (e.g., controlled vocabulary, keywords, natural language) appropriately (Searching as Strategic Exploration)
  • manage searching processes and results effectively (Searching as Strategic Exploration)
Then you need evidence of the student's ability to...
  • quickly find and access articles that are needed for class assignments
That suggests the need for specific tasks or tests like...
  • a scale that measures their satisfaction with their skills and ability to find articles


The templates used come from:

Baer, A., Johnson, B., Matts-Benson, L. (2017, December). "Engaging with ACRL Framework: A Catalyst for Exploring and Expanding Teaching Practices." Chicago: American Library Association

The material for the templates is made available through CC-BY-NC-SA 3.0 

Content created by H. Loewen