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Educating for Evidence Based Decisions in Engineering: The view as Librarian andInstructor The First Year Engineering program at Midwest University is regularly reviewed andrevised to adapt to the needs of the students, feedback from teaching faculty, and the changingneeds of the university curriculum. In the last year, a unifying theme was added to the class tohelp tie all the different activities together. That theme was “evidence based decision making inengineering”, a perfect fit for introducing and discussing information literacy many timesthroughout the semester, rather than in a single, isolated session. As lead instructor for one section of the class, the author can identify benefits toincluding this message throughout the semester, evidenced by resources seen during spot reviewsof homework assignments and when listening to group work during class. Reflections on whatstudents struggle with in identifying information needs and appropriately supporting those needswith evidence form part of the data for analysis. This analysis will be compared to the ProjectInformation Literacy findings, which regularly excludes engineering students, to see if there aremarked differences in behaviors or problem areas for the students in these disciplines. A content analysis of the PowerPoint slides used to teach the class identifies when in thesemester the information content is included and in what context. This analysis will produce anoutline of mechanisms that could be used in other settings to introduce information literacycontent and reinforce the need for evidence in making decisions.
Van Epps, A. S. (2013, June), Educating for Evidence Based Decisions in Engineering: The view as Librarian and Instructor Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/19464
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