Student Learning Outcomes

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Working closely with Oxford faculty focus groups, the Educational Programs Committee, and Institutional Research, Oxford College Library developed a list of library learning outcomes, based on the Association of College and Research Libraries' Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education, targeted specifically for Oxford's unique academic climate.

The Association of College & Research Libraries' Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education quotes the Boyer Commission Report, Reinventing Undergraduate Education, "which recommends strategies that require the student to engage actively in 'framing of a significant question or set of questions, the research or creative exploration to find answers, and the communication skills to convey the results.'  Courses structured in such a way create student-centered learning environments where inquiry is the norm, problem solving becomes the focus, and thinking critically is part of the process."

Upon leaving Oxford College, students should be able to:

Identify what type of information, evidence, or knowledge is needed to answer a question or solve a problem

Outcomes:
  1. Develop a research question
  2. Recognize that existing information sources can be combined to create new information
  3. Identify the purpose and audience of potential resources
  4. Differentiate between primary and secondary sources and their applications
  5. Define a plan and timeline to acquire information resources
  6. Review initial information found to clarify, revise, or refine the research question

Discover and locate information or evidence effectively within or across the disciplines

Outcomes:
  1. Select efficient and effective approaches for accessing needed information
  2. Identify key concepts and terms related to the research question
  3. Select controlled vocabulary specific to discipline or information source
  4. Construct an appropriate search strategy, including the use of Boolean connectors
  5. Adapt search strategy across various interfaces and search engines, refining search strategy when necessary
  6. Locate specific resources in a library (physically and electronically as necessary)
  7. Record necessary citation information

Evaluate and analyze information critically and incorporate it into their knowledge base and value system

Outcomes:
  1. Read the text and select main ideas
  2. Recognize bias in published information and apply that information appropriately
  3. Differentiate between fact and opinion, both in published information and in students' own work
  4. Critically evaluate information for its quality, accuracy, bias, authority, and relevance
  5. Develop a focused, original thesis statement
  6. Restate the concepts in students' own words and select data accurately
  7. Identify verbatim material to be appropriately quoted
  8. Recognize relationships among concepts and combine them into original statements with supporting evidence
  9. Determine when more information needs to be found to satisfy research question
  10. Differentiate between the types of sources used, both online and in print

Demonstrate effective application and communication of written knowledge to accomplish a specific purpose

Outcomes:
  1. Integrate the new and prior information in a manner that supports the purposes of the project
  2. Use a range of information technology applications in creating the project
  3. Communicate the project clearly and with a style appropriate for the intended audience

Understand the economic, social, and legal issues surrounding the use of information; access and use information ethically and legally

Outcomes:
  1. Differentiate between free and fee-based information
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of intellectual property, copyright, and fair use of copyrighted material
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of what constitutes plagiarism and does not represent work attributable to others as student's own
  4. Apply ethical considerations in dealing with all information sources, including human subjects
  5. Select an appropriate documentation style and use it consistently and correctly to cite sources