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Information Literacy Program at Decker Library

A toolkit for MICA's Information Literacy Program

How do PLOs and SLOs Work

Using Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) and Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) in Class Design

According to the principles of Backward Design, it's always best to design a lesson plan with your assessment goals in mind. In other words, start with the high level: what should your students get out of this? Start with our Decker Library's Mission and Values, then you can map specific Program Learning Outcomes, Students Learning Outcomes, and Classroom activities to that original goal. Our Program Learning Outcomes were designed, using Bloom's taxonomy, to be measurable and should be built into every assignment.


Decker Library's Mission and Vision

The mission of Decker Library is to empower MICA community members to make informed choices in their work and lives. If we are successful, Baltimore will be a hub of socially engaged artists and designers creating a more equitable world.




Decker Library's Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Faculty will be able to identify the range of services available to them through Decker Library and will recognize its value for teaching and learning.

Students will recognize the connections between research and their artistic practice.

Students will apply information literacy skills to real world endeavors.

Decker Library's Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students will be able to locate and evaluate resources appropriate to their research project.

Students will be able to summarize the basic principles of intellectual property.

Students will be able to analyze resources and critically evaluate authorial bias.

Students will demonstrate proper citation of research materials.

Students will be able to synthesize and contextualize information.

Students will employ an iterative research process.

Classroom Activities

See Activity Templates Tab for Examples.

Decker Library at the Maryland Institute College of Art | Location: 1401 W. Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore, MD 21217 | Mailing: 1300 W. Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore, MD 21217

Research Help: 410-225-2273 / | General Questions: 410-225-2272 /

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