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Learning Outcomes Assessment at the UMD Libraries

Examples of Unit-level Learning Outcomes

Research as Inquiry

Students will be able to recognize when their research question is too broad or too narrow for the scope of their assignment. Students will utilize the research process as an opportunity to gain new knowledge about their topic and gradually refine their initial research question.

Searching as Strategic Exploration

Students will be able to formulate effective search strategies (employing tools such as keywords, subject terms, and search filters) in library databases to locate relevant information sources for their topic. Students will be able to differentiate between databases that provide background information, provide primary, and/or secondary research. Students will recognize the academic library as a community resource and safe place to ask questions, conduct research, and work collaboratively.

Research as Inquiry

Learners will survey scholarly or professional information for discussions, gaps, debates, questions, and other unresolved questions, to identify possible research questions in their discipline. Learners will refine a research question by reflecting on points of view from a broad range of constituents including differences with their discipline and the community at large.

Searching as Strategic Exploration

Learners will develop research questions or experimental hypothesis, identify concepts comprising their research topic, and use research tools to locate scholarly literature, data, standards, models, code, or other information content necessary to support their arguments. Learners will determine the most appropriate search tools and strategies to support their research based on their personal and discipline-specific requirements.