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Student Learning Outcomes

Clemens and Alcuin Library recently adopted learning outcomes for our students. These outcomes outline what we want students at CSB/SJU to demonstrate when they graduate, and continue to build on throughout their lives.

Student Learning Outcomes

Authority is Constructed and Contextual

Students will be able to:

  • Discover that many disciplines have acknowledged authorities in the sense of well-known scholars and publications.

  • Develop their own authoritative voices in a particular area and recognize the responsibilities this entails, including seeking accuracy and reliability, respecting intellectual property, and participating in communities of practice.

  • Develop awareness of the importance of assessing content with a skeptical stance and with a self-awareness of their own biases and worldview.

Information Creation as a Process

Students will be able to:

  • Recognize that the creation of information may begin initially through communicating in a range of formats or modes.

  • Articulate the traditional and emerging processes of information creation and dissemination in a particular discipline.

  • Critically use different methods of information dissemination to meet a particular purpose.

Information has Value

Students will be able to:

  • Recognize that they are contributors as well as consumers in the information marketplace.

  • Articulate the purpose and distinguishing characteristics of copyright, fair use, open access and the public domain, and understand that these concepts may vary across cultures.

  • Articulate how and why some individuals or groups may be underrepresented or systematically marginalized within the systems that produce and disseminate information.

Research as Inquiry

Students will be able to:

  • Formulate research questions based on the examination of existing, possibly conflicting, information.

  • Limit the scope of their research by breaking complex questions into simple ones.

  • Use various research methods, based on need, circumstance, and type of inquiry.

  • Consider research as an open-ended exploration and engagement with information.

  • Synthesize ideas gathered from multiple sources.

Scholarship as Conversation

Students will be able to:

  • Recognize that communities of scholars, researchers, or professionals engage in sustained discourse with new insights and discoveries occurring over time as a result of varied perspectives and interpretations.

  • Critically evaluate contributions made by others.

  • Summarize the changes in scholarly perspective over time on a particular topic.

  • Integrate the original ideas of others through proper attribution in their work.

  • Produce work that contributes to scholarship.

Searching as Strategic Exploration

Students will be able to:

  • Explore the initial scope and sequence of the research required to meet their information needs.

  • Identify interested individuals, organizations, governments, and industries, which might produce information about a topic and determine how to access that information.

  • Use different searching techniques (e.g., controlled vocabulary, keywords, natural language).

  • Seek guidance from experts, such as librarians, researchers and professionals.


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