Taste Testing for Two: Using Formative and Summative Assessment
This activity was created to introduce first-year students to library resources they can use for their annotated bibliography assignment. In pairs, students are assigned a task card that requires them to find an information source. After finding a source meeting the criteria of their task card, the student teams input their answers into a Google Form. Formative assessment takes place during class, allowing the librarian to modify instruction on-the-spot based on the responses from the form.
Summative assessment takes place at the end of the semester, when a rubric is applied to a sample of student responses from the activity. This assessment provides a more thorough picture of where students may have succeeded or struggled with the activity, and may provide ideas for how to adjust the activity in the future.
This recipe is from The First-Year Experience Cookbook, edited by Raymond Pun and Meggan Houlihan and written by Elisa Slater Acosta and Katherine Donaldson.
The student will use information ethically by providing basic citation information for their source.
The student will be able to identify the appropriate information type based on their information need.
The student will be able to properly identify the format of the information source they find.
The student will be able to use effective keywords for their information need.
The student will be able to describe the purpose of a specific information source.
The student will be able to articulate how they could support a social justice argument using a source.
The student will be able to find a relevant source to match their information need.