(Please note: This deep dive session is scheduled for 2.25 hours and runs across both the 'H' and 'I' time slots.)
Law librarians frequently speak of their roles as educators, but do little to discuss concrete methods to evaluate their effectiveness in the classroom. Assessing student performance and teacher quality is an ever-present challenge, and the increased attention to learning outcomes has refocused legal instruction. This session will examine the need for robust student assessment and teacher evaluation as two sides of the same coin. Learn best practices in designing a comprehensive legal research assessment and complete a case study of an exam to illustrate decisions that must be made when assessing students. Examine the challenges of using student evaluations as the primary assessment tool for evaluating teacher quality, and discuss how teaching librarians can work together to improve instruction at their respective institutions. In addition, specific programs at institutions that include pre and post teaching assessment will be discussed, and a sample teaching evaluation from a prepared lecture will be conducted.
Takeaway 1: Participants will be able to articulate appropriate measures to assess student learning across cognitive levels and dimensions of learning, and methods for evaluating those assessments.
Takeaway 2: Participants will identify ways to improve legal research instruction at their institutions by evaluating both their methods and their peers as teachers.
Takeaway 3: Participants will recognize the value of appropriate assessment and evaluation tools to legal research instruction at their respective institutions.
Who should attend: Any librarian who teaches or presents, as well as librarians who are responsible for evaluating the quality of research instruction
Track(s): Teaching, Reference, Research and Client Services
Sara is the Deputy Director of the Law Library and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Law at UNC.