Welcome to the TES Breakout Session
The Teaching Effectiveness Seminar is an excellent way for SMU faculty to become acquainted or reacquainted with the ways that the libraries can help prepare for classes and assignments. This includes specialized databases for your field, as well as instruction in research skills and lifelong learning as well as specific material in a field
Assignments in many shapes
Disciplines across campus create different kinds of assignments. Research papers may be common in many humanities fields but not in STEM fields. Liaison librarians can help students find the right match. In many STEM fields, classroom instruction covers both practical "how to" and explains real world issues like using professional pblications to support projects and further lifelong learning.
Clarity of assignments
The level of satisfaction you get in the assignments you need to grade may depend directly on the amount of guidance you provide to the students. This is true whether you are assigning a traditional research paper or something that is far more brief and takes a different form.
This rubric from Grand Valley State University may be a helpful visualization of how increased detail in defining assignments can affect student response in four ways:
Explanation and/or Deﬁnition of Sources: Do you spell out how many sources, and of what kind, are needed?
Rationale and Context for Resource Requirements: When you ask for x number of sources, do you state how this relates to the goals of the assignment?
Process Orientation: Do you indicate explicit stages of the assignment and how they will be evaluated?
Library Engagement: To what extent do you bring in a librarian to highlight the most relevant resources? Does the librarian gotten enough information about your assignment and your preferences to properly guide students who are seeking assistance?