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Educating for Evidence Based Decisions in Engineering: The view as Librarian and Instructor

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



Conference Session

Fresh Perspectives on Information Literacy

Tagged Division

Engineering Libraries

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Page Numbers

23.450.1 - 23.450.10



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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.

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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. 10.18260/1-2--19464

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