Beyond Worksheets: Using Instructional Technologies for Authentic Assessment of Student Learning

October 7, 2015
11 a.m. Pacific | 12:00 p.m. Mountain | 1:00 p.m. Central | 2:00 p.m. Eastern

90 minutes

Description: Academic librarians are no strangers to assessment, but figuring out how to implement authentic assessment can be tricky. We all want our instruction to help students, but how do we know if they are actually learning? Better yet, how can we make this process enjoyable for both the educators (that’s us!) and the students? This webcast will discuss the importance of designing authentic learning activities tied to information literacy learning outcomes. The presenter will highlight a number of instructional technologies that provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate learning while engaging in higher-order skills such as critical thinking, synthesis, and analysis of information. Webcast participants will engage in analysis of several tech tools and assessment techniques for use in varied instructional scenarios, including one-time class sessions, trainings, and workshops. Most of the techniques discussed will be applicable for assessing students both in-person and online. Each participant will receive an instructional technologies evaluation form that can be used to analyze the technologies highlighted in the session for use in their own teaching. This interactive webcast will share successful and easy to implement authentic assessment techniques and tools that will have students showing off their skills in no time.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Participants will describe the characteristics of authentic assessment in order to successfully measure students’ information literacy skills.
  • Participants will compare and contrast instructional technologies in order to determine their usefulness for measuring student learning.
  • Participants will  discuss strategies for engaging students in order to maximize participation levels in library instruction sessions.

Presenter(s): Melissa Mallon, Director of Peabody Education Library/Director of Instruction & Liaison Services, Vanderbilt University

Technical Requirements: ACRL Webcasts are held in an BlackboardCollaborate virtual classroom. Speakers or a headset for listening to the presentation are required. You may ask questions through text-based chat.  You will be prompted to download a java-based application (Elluminate) before being able to enter the classroom.  BlackboardCollaborate works on both PC and Macintosh platforms. 

Tech Check: If you'd like to perform the Elluminate tech check on your computer, please go to: http://learningtimesevents.org/acrl/tech-check/.

Registration fees:
ACRL member: $50
ALA member: $75
Nonmember: $90
Student: $40
Group*: $295

* Webcasts take place in an interactive, online classroom environment with one user/one login. If you select the group rate, one person must register, login, and keyboard during the event. A group registration allows an institution to project the Webcast to participants in the same location.

How to register:

  • Locate the webcast by the date of the event.
  • Select the "Register" link next to the Webcast title on ALA's webcast registration page (linked above).
  • You will need to log in with your ALA ID & password. If you do not have an ALA ID & password, you will be asked to create one in order to register.

You will receive your Webcast access information one business day before the live Webcast. Webcasts will be recorded and made available to registrants as an archive, so if you sign up but cannot attend the live event, you will receive the archived webcast recording.

If you have a question about an e-Learning opportunity or need to make arrangements for special assistance, please contact Margot Conahan (mconahan@ala.org).