Identify User Knowledge - Pre-Instruction Survey
Pre-Instruction Assessment is critical to the success of a session. Identifying who they are, what they need, and their level of experience helps teaching librarians deliver a successful session.
- Are they savvy library users, or novices?
- Have they been to the library before, or is this their first time?
- Are they experts or noobs at navigating library resources?
Answer these questions by creating a Pre-instruction Survey:
- Public Libraries: Email survey to attendees when they register.
- Academic/School Libraries: Email the link to their teacher and embed it in their LMS (Blackboard / Canvas / Moodle / Sakai).
- Store all library data, yes all of it, in one mobile-accessible website.
- Compare pre-instruction surveys with post-instruction assessment to demonstrate learning.
- Build end-of-year instruction reports and 'publish' them on your website.
- All Play: Give users 5 minutes before the session to fill out the form and then run real-time reports minutes before you start teaching.
Did users actually learn anything? Can you demonstrate the value, statistically, of library instruction? Create a post-instruction assessment survey and repeat some of the questions you asked in the Pre-Instruction Survey.
Run a Cross-Dataset Report to determine if learning occurred:
- Did library-led instruction increase confidence?
- Did library-led instruction increase knowledge of library resources?
- Did library-led instruction increase skills for a specific task, e.g., résumé writing?
Slice & Dice Your Data
What is your data telling you? Run filtered reports and slice your data into manageable pieces.
- Uncover Trends. Who knew that 55% of attendees already knew how to use the catalog?
- Recognize Relationships. 75% of users felt confident about avoiding plagiarism post-instruction.
- Identify Gaps. Lecture-style sessions only received a 1.5 average user rating compared to hands-on workshops.
- Discover Opportunities. 66% of users who attended a session indicated that they'd like to attend another one.
Make Data-Driven Decisions
Your data is trying to tell you something, but are you listening? Use the power of your data to make changes in your library's instruction program!
- Hone Content - Only 45% of users don't know how to use the Catalog ⇒ create a 5min video and email it to attendees before class and save class time for something else.
- Co-Teaching Works - Sessions with at least 2 librarians yielded a higher rating than sessions with only one librarian.
- Prep Time Matters - At least 30min of prep time yielded a high feedback rating.