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Badging Your Way to Information Literacy

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

Start Date

June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





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Reimagining Engineering Information Literacy: Novel Perspectives on Integration, Assessment, Competencies & Information Use

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Engineering Libraries

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26.275.1 - 26.275.11



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Michael Fosmire Purdue University, West Lafayette Orcid 16x16

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Michael Fosmire is Professor of Library Science and Head, Physical Sciences, Engineering and Technology Division of the Purdue University Libraries.

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Amy S. Van Epps Purdue University, West Lafayette Orcid 16x16

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Amy S. Van Epps is an associate professor of Library Science and Engineering Librarian at Purdue University. She has extensive experience providing instruction for engineering and technology students, including Purdue’s first-year engineering program. Her research interests include finding effective methods for integrating information literacy knowledge into the undergraduate engineering curriculum. Prof. Van Epps has a BA in engineering science from Lafayette College, her MSLS from Catholic University of America, a M.Eng. in Industrial Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and is currently working on her PhD in Engineering Education at Purdue.

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Nastasha E Johnson Purdue University, West Lafayette

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Badging Your Way to Information LiteracyMicrocredentialing, or badging, has become a popular way to certify achievement in a variety offields, perhaps most visibly in information technology. Higher education institutions havestarted to investigate badges as a way to certify curricular and co-curricular activities andprovide a more detailed description of the skills, abilities, and experiences of students as theygo through their college years. Microcredentialing also provides an opportunity to assess andrecognize student learning outcomes across multiple courses, rather than requiring students tomeet complex goals within one course.At the authors’ institution, the College of Technology recently formulated a competency-baseddegree program that includes information literacy outcomes for students. In order to trackstudent progress, the college decided to use a badging system, and librarians were asked tocreate and facilitate an information literacy badge for the college’s inaugural course for first-year students. The libraries have also been involved in working with a more conventional, i.e.,credit-based, course for first year students in the college, which meets the university’sfoundational core curriculum requirements for information literacy.This paper describes the process of converting an information literacy curriculum into acompetency-based program and compares student outcomes between the conventional andcompetency-based course offerings.

Fosmire, M., & Van Epps, A. S., & Johnson, N. E. (2015, June), Badging Your Way to Information Literacy Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23614

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