Posts Tagged ‘curriculum’

CITL Answers – March 2010

Monday, March 1st, 2010

Question:  Assessment has been mentioned a lot lately.  What is it, why are we doing it, and what does it have to do with me?

CITL’s Answer:  Assessment is gathering information for a purpose.  You are probably referring to assessment of student learning.  We gather information about student learning for accountabilities and improvement.  Because we make claims about what students will know and be able to do once they complete a course or a curriculum at Emerson, we are obligated to validate those claims with evidence.  Students, parents, funding agencies, and accrediting bodies are entitled to summary information about student learning.  The information also serves to guide the development of new curricula, and to facilitate continuous improvement of existing curricula.  The courses you teach belong to one or more curricula.  The assignments and examinations you have designed for your students yield evidence of student learning.  By sharing information about the evidence, you will contribute to the ongoing assessment for accountabilities and improvement.  For more information, contact

CITL Answers – December 2008

Monday, December 1st, 2008

Question: “Given that my students are already so tech-savvy, how does information literacy fit into the curriculum?”

Answer provided by Nicole Brown, Instruction coordinator & Reference Librarian

Information Literacy is much broader than technological competency.  Like critical thinking, it encompasses a wide range of skills and thought processes.  Information literacy is about determining, accessing, and evaluating information as well as understanding how information is socially situated and produced.  These skills become increasingly relevant with the complexity of the information landscape.

Emerson librarians contribute to information literacy across the disciplines by creating tools, resources and programs to support information needs expressed in the goals of Emerson’s programs and curricula.  Collaborations across campus will ensure that students have the skills and resources required to meet the information needs of their disciplines now and after graduation.