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Don’t Use a Hammer When You Need a Screwdriver

Don’t Use a Hammer When You Need a Screwdriver

Instruction librarians want clear data showing the effectiveness of their workshops as a way of demonstrating their value in education. This article uses instructional design approaches to show how to make specific changes when writing and measuring our learning outcomes to capture what we are doing in our sessions. Unlike classes that develop over the course of several months, we are faced with unique challenges when conducting one-shot instruction sessions. In this essay, the authors provide examples and discuss how to write effective learning outcomes to answer specific questions about learner satisfaction and what the participants learned. In addition, they suggest ways to reform the evaluation and assessment questions to reinforce our lessons. These methods can be used in both online... Show More


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