MSL(I)S Practicum Curriculum Revision

Project Overview

In fall 2014, I worked as an instructional designer on LSC-695a: Practicum, a 3-credit course offered by The Catholic University of America, Department of Library and Information Science. Under the direction of the Practicum Coordinator and Department Chair, I fully redesigned this course to align with the MSLIS degree program’s educational objectives. Starting with revisions to the course syllabus, I utilized a backwards curriculum design process to align each course assessment with the MSLIS degree program’s educational objectives. I developed four discussion assignments, each aligned with one or more of the eight program objectives. For these discussion assignments, I identified new course reading materials and drafted original online discussion prompts.

I also created the course’s capstone essay directions and rubric, which were iteratively refined based on external consultation with the English Department’s faculty expert. This culminating assignment support the direct assessment of the MSLIS degree program’s eighth educational objective and address a previously identified gap in the Department’s student learning outcomes assessment activities. Additionally, I co-developed two student learning outcomes assessment tools: A practicum supervisor evaluation (direct measure) and student self-assessment survey (indirect measure). These tools are both critical components of the Department’s Annual Assessment/Planning Cycle and Annual Outcomes Assessment Plan. They capture quantitative and qualitative assessment data that can be applied to course-level and program-level improvements.

Project Team
Bill Kules, Practicum Coordinator and Department Chair
Elizabeth Lieutenant, Instructional Designer


Related Course Content

  1. Course Syllabus.
  2. Discussion Assignment 1.
  3. Discussion Assignment 2.
  4. Discussion Assignment 3.
  5. Discussion Assignment 4.
  6. Capstone Essay Directions.
  7. Capstone Essay Rubric. Direct measure of 1 of 8 program objectives via LSC-695a practicum coordinator assessment. All coordinators are required to use this rubric. Data is collected each semester via the LIS Core Course Outcomes Assessment Report that faculty are required to submit to the Department.
  8. Practicum Supervisor EvaluationDirect measure of all program objectives via practicum supervisor assessment. This evaluation allows for direct employer assessment of student performance in professional-level work. Data is collected each semester through a standard survey instrument and the results are reported in aggregate each May.
  9. Practicum Student Self-Assessment. Indirect measure of all program objectives via student formative self-assessment. This allows for students to assess their preparedness in light of their engagement in professional-level work. Data is collected each semester through a standard survey instrument and the results are reported in aggregate each May.