The assessment of learning is not a new practice – it has unfolded within institutions of higher education since the 1980s. The National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA), formed in 2008, has been examining assessment processes and practices in the United States to better understand meaningful, sustainable engagement with authentic assessment of student learning. While historically, assessment has occurred within institutions of higher education, learning occurs in a variety of contexts and places. Increasingly, efforts are unfolding to capture and document evidence of student learning outside of traditional curricular experiences.
Given the intensified attention to assessment and accountability issues in the higher education sector, academic libraries and librarians in the United States have felt increasingly compelled to demonstrate the value they bring to their colleges and universities. Opening with an introduction to assessment, in this session, we will explore how academic libraries have approached assessment in recent years as well as current practices and future trends in assessing and documenting learning.
Dr. Gianina Baker is currently the Assistant Director at the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment which is co-located at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Indiana University-Bloomington. As Assistant Director, Dr. Baker researches, writes, and presents on all topics related to the assessment of student learning outcomes on college and university campuses. Prior to this position, she served in roles of Counselor, Director of Institutional Research, and Director of Institutional Effectiveness & Planning, all at Richland Community College in Decatur, Illinois. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Organization & Leadership with a Higher Education concentration from the University of Illinois, a M.A. in Human Development Counseling from Saint Louis University, and a B.A. in Psychology from Illinois Wesleyan Univ.