My classmates and I were recently tasked with conducting a program evaluation. Students learned “how to conduct needs assessments, develop technology-related professional learning programs, evaluate the impact on instructional practice and student learning, and communicate findings to the institution” (Course syllabus). Dr. David Wicks, Chair of the Digital Education Leadership program, came to me with a wonderful opportunity to redesign a university’s Library Media Endorsement (LME) certification program. An important aspect of the program redesign was to conduct a needs assessment “to inform the content and delivery of technology-related professional learning programs” (International Society for Technology in Education, 2011).
One of the purposes in evaluating and redesigning the LME program was to create a program that can be offered to current library staff members who are interested in obtaining their LME certification. I felt it was important to gauge the knowledge of working librarians so the program would not cover information they are already familiar with. Interestingly, the results of the needs assessment showed that the working librarians are most interested in learning about the following:
- Instructional Technology (effective use, organization, and management of instructional technology tools)
- Circulation (library automation systems, loans, fines)
- Teaching and Implementing Digital Citizenship (safe and responsible behavior online)
- Processing (book repair, covering, labeling)
- Cataloging and Classification (bibliographical control, assigning subject heading)
This information helps guide my decisions when designing new courses; as a result of the needs assessment, I was made aware of topics that librarians would like to learn about, some of which I would not have assumed were of interest.
International Society for Technology in Education. (2011). ISTE standards: coaches. Retrieved June 29, 2011, from http://www.iste.org/standards/ISTE-standards/standards-for-coaches
Wicks, D., & Calvery, S. (2016) . EDTC 6106 educational technology leadership [Class syllabus]. Department of Education, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, WA.