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By Dianna Magnoni and Jackie LaPlaca Ricords


Olin College of Engineering’s Library staff set a 2013 academic year goal to transform their instructional program. Grounded in ACRL standards and ABET accreditation criteria, the program would become workshop-based, combining classroom experiences with digital exercises and tools. Library Director Magnoni began work with a materials science faculty member to design a research rubric for the digital exercise. Following a brainstorming session, a broad outline was created. Magnoni turned the outline into a diagram, and then created the initial exercise as well as a set of research tips for use with the course subject guide. Both the faculty member and Magnoni would collect electronic copies of the exercise. Students would also keep copies for their own reference. To facilitate this sharing, a simple Microsoft Word document was created. The document included page breaks between research elements, and students could document their process, save as they moved through pieces, and then both keep and send copies. The research tips were saved in a PDF document and a course subject guide already existed on the LibGuides platform. These three pieces: an exercise in Microsoft Word format, research tips in PDF format, and a subject guide delivered on the LibGuides platform, made up the test elements. Two rounds of testing were accomplished in the experiment’s first week, with modifications made for different course offerings. In addition to faculty and student feedback, Magnoni realized shortcomings of the three different formats for delivery. Through a conversation with Ricords of Credo, a Literati subscription facilitated the creation of engaging and interactive multimedia learning materials. This paper will discuss the conception and development of the research rubric, online portal and interactive tutorials, along with assessment and accreditation potential. The feedback and iteration process will be explored, and the value of the library-faculty-vendor partnership highlighted

Topics: Partnerships, library/faculty collaboration, library/vendor collaboration, STEM, digital learning activities, research process, instructional design, assessment, multimedia, tutorials, rubrics, information literacy, badges, Library and Information Science
Publisher: Purdue University
Year: 2013
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