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Library Instruction Department: Preparing for Instruction

Learning Goals

We tend to think of student learning outcomes as part of a more formal educational assessment process.  Indeed, the ACRL Framework was developed for that very purpose.  But creating student learning outcomes can also be part of a more personal process that helps guide and develop our own teaching. We usually already have some general library goals in mind when planning our instruction, developed in collaboration with the faculty member making the request. Turning those learning goals into more specific student learning outcomes puts more intention behind that process, providing your instruction with direction. 

To get started, ask yourself, what should students be able to do as a result of instruction?

Try to be as clear and specific as you can. Keep in mind that effective learning outcomes are observable, measurable, and at an appropriate level. Try the following model:

Verb/action phrase + "in order to" + why statement = learning outcome

Example: Students will be able to distinguish between scholarly and popular articles in order to critically evaluate sources.

Basic Lesson Plan Template

Terminology for Teaching Information Literacy