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Information Literacy Student Learning Goal

1.   Please identify one of the following Information Literacy Standards (taken from ACRL's Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education) that is appropriate for each course you teach. 

1. The Information literate student determines the nature and extent of the information needed.

2. The information literate student accesses needed information effectively and efficiently.

3. The information literate student evaluates information and its sources critically and incorporates selected information into his or her knowledge base and value system.

4. The information literate student, individually or as a member of a group, uses information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose.

5. The information literate student understands many of the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information and accesses and uses information ethically and legally.

2.   Once you have chosen the most relevant information literacy standard, please refer to the list of standards, performance indicators, and outcomes.

3.   Locate the standard you have chosen for a specific course and review the corresponding performance indicators and outcomes.

4.   Choose at least one performance indicator and one or more associated outcome(s) related to the performance indicator chosen.

5.   The specific outcome(s) will be listed as one of your Student Learning Goals on your syllabus and will be assessed at the end of the course.

6.   You may choose to use the "Information Literacy Outcome" wording for your Information Literacy Student Learning Goal on your syllabus, OR you may use a Student Learning Goal that you have expressed in your own words but one that fits the criteria of the standard, performance indicator, and outcome you have chosen from the standards.

7.   Include the standard number, performance indicator number and outcome letter in parentheses after the Information Literacy Student Learning Goal (this will identify which student learning goal is an information literacy goal).

Here are two examples of how an Information Literacy Student Learning Goal will appear on a syllabus.  The first uses the wording of a specific IL "outcome" and the second uses a professor's wording.

 Example #1:  Wording taken from the "Outcome" on the Standards: (for Psychology and Sociology of Religion)

Assignment: 8-10 page critical analysis of one of the books listed below:

  • Summary of Contents - 2 pages maximum (to facilitate the student's ability to synthesize large amounts of reading material)
  • Analysis of Contents – 4-5 pages (to facilitate the student's ability to read critically, filtering each idea through a Biblical "grid" and evaluate ideas as to their Scriptural viability and cultural practicality)
  • Application – 1-2 pages (to facilitate the student's ability to implement new ideas and to transform his/her thought patterns and lifestyle)

Choosing Appropriate Information Literacy Standard, Performance Indicators, and Outcomes:

  • Standard #3: "The information literate student evaluates information and its sources critically and incorporates selected information into his or her knowledge base and value system."
  • Performance Indicator #2: "The information literate student articulates and applies initial criteria for evaluating both the information and its sources."
  • Outcome d: "Recognizes the cultural, physical, or other context within which the information was created and understands the impact of context on interpreting the information".

On the syllabus:

Student Learning Goal:

Recognizes the cultural, physical, or other context within which the information was created and understands the impact of context on interpreting the information. (IL Standard 3, 2d)

Example #2:  Wording by professor but corresponds to following standard, performance indicator and outcome: (for Greek course)

On the syllabus:

Student Learning Goal:

Understand Greek grammar and apply it to achieve accurate translations (IL Standard 4, 1a)

Choosing Corresponding Information Literacy Standard, Performance Indicator, and Outcome:

  • Standard #4: "The information literate student, individually or as a member of a group, uses information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose".
  • Performance Indicator 1:  "The information literate student applies new and prior information to the planning and creation of a particular product or performance".
  • Outcome a:  "Organizes the content in a manner that supports the purposes and format of the product or performance."