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Gordon Library Instruction Program

Library & Institutional Learning Outcomes

The programmatic learning outcomes of our instruction services are directly linked to university-level learning outcomes. How these learning outcomes support the broader mission and objectives of WPI is detailed below.

Identifying an information need

  • Undergraduate Learning Outcomes
    • Be able to identify, analyze, and solve problems creatively through sustained critical investigation.
    • Demonstrate global and intercultural competency by developing the capacity to identify, explain, and critically analyze the forces (such as cultural, historical, political, economic) that shape the self and others as they engage with local and global communities.
    • Have the skills, diligence, and commitment to excellence needed to engage in lifelong learning.
  • IQP Learning Outcomes
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the project’s technical, social and humanistic context.
    • Define clear, achievable goals and objectives for the project.
    • Critically identify, utilize, and properly cite information sources, and integrate information from multiple sources to identify appropriate approaches to addressing the project goals.
  • HUA Learning Outcome
    • To deepen students' ability to apply concepts and skills in a focused thematic area through sustained critical inquiry
  • MQP Learning Outcomes
    • Identify, analyze, and solve problems creatively through sustained critical investigation.
    • Practice the skills, diligence, and commitment to excellence needed to engage in lifelong learning.

 

Identifying where and how to find information

  • Undergraduate Learning Outcomes
    • Understand and employ current technological tools.
    • Be able to make connections between disciplines and to integrate information from multiple sources.
    • Demonstrate global and intercultural competency by developing the capacity to identify, explain, and critically analyze the forces (such as cultural, historical, political, economic) that shape the self and others as they engage with local and global communities.
    • Have the skills, diligence, and commitment to excellence needed to engage in lifelong learning.
  • IQP Learning Outcomes
    • Critically identify, utilize, and properly cite information sources, and integrate information from multiple sources to identify appropriate approaches to addressing the project goals.
  • HUA Learning Outcomes
    • To introduce students to the breadth, diversity, and creativity of human experience as expressed in the humanities and arts
    • To deepen students' ability to apply concepts and skills in a focused thematic area through sustained critical inquiry
  • MQP Learning Outcomes
    • Demonstrate skill and knowledge of current information and technological tools and techniques specific to the professional field of study.
    • Identify, analyze, and solve problems creatively through sustained critical investigation.
    • Practice the skills, diligence, and commitment to excellence needed to engage in lifelong learning.

 

Evaluating the information

  • Undergraduate Learning Outcomes
    • Have mastered fundamental concepts and methods in their principal areas of study.
    • Demonstrate global and intercultural competency by developing the capacity to identify, explain, and critically analyze the forces (such as cultural, historical, political, economic) that shape the self and others as they engage with local and global communities.
    • Have the skills, diligence, and commitment to excellence needed to engage in lifelong learning.
  • IQP Learning Outcomes
    • Critically identify, utilize, and properly cite information sources, and integrate information from multiple sources to identify appropriate approaches to addressing the project goals.
    • Analyze and synthesize results from social, ethical, humanistic, technical or other perspectives, as appropriate.
  • HUA Learning Outcomes
    • To develop students' ability to think critically and independently about the world.
  • MQP Learning Outcomes
    • Apply fundamental and disciplinary concepts and methods in ways appropriate to their principal areas of study.
    • Identify, analyze, and solve problems creatively through sustained critical investigation.
    • Practice the skills, diligence, and commitment to excellence needed to engage in lifelong learning.

 

 Organizing and documenting the information

  • Undergraduate Learning Outcomes
    • Be effective in oral, written and visual communication.
    • Function effectively both individually and on teams.
    • Be able to make connections between disciplines and to integrate information from multiple sources.
    • Have the skills, diligence, and commitment to excellence needed to engage in lifelong learning.
  • IQP Learning Outcomes
    • Critically identify, utilize, and properly cite information sources, and integrate information from multiple sources to identify appropriate approaches to addressing the project goals.
  • HUA Learning Outcomes
    • To enhance students' ability to communicate effectively with others in a spirit of openness and cooperation
  • MQP Learning Outcomes
    • Integrate information from multiple sources.
    • Practice the skills, diligence, and commitment to excellence needed to engage in lifelong learning.

 

Creating and using information responsibly and ethically

  • Undergraduate Learning Outcomes
    • Be able to make connections between disciplines and to integrate information from multiple sources.
    • Be aware of personal, societal, and professional ethical standards.
    • Have the skills, diligence, and commitment to excellence needed to engage in lifelong learning.
  • IQP Learning Outcomes
    • Critically identify, utilize, and properly cite information sources, and integrate information from multiple sources to identify appropriate approaches to addressing the project goals.
    • Analyze and synthesize results from social, ethical, humanistic, technical or other perspectives, as appropriate.
    • Demonstrate the ability to write clearly, critically and persuasively.
    • Demonstrate an awareness of the ethical dimensions of their project work.
  • HUA Learning Outcomes
    • To enhance students' ability to communicate effectively with others in a spirit of openness and cooperation
    • To encourage students to reflect on their responsibilities to others in local, national and global communities
  • MQP Learning Outcomes
    • Use effectively oral, written and visual communication.
    • Integrate information from multiple sources.
    • Demonstrate an awareness and application of appropriate personal, societal, and professional ethical standards.
    • Practice the skills, diligence, and commitment to excellence needed to engage in lifelong learning.