The World Civilizations library assignment: Development and analysis
Johnson, Corey M.
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In 1986 a faculty group at Washington State University (WSU) embarked on a project that resulted in a new requirement for all prospective graduates of the university, a two-semester sequence in World Civilizations (Gen Ed 110 and 111), chronologically divided at 1500 ce. Initial course design was funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the classes soon became a part of the general education curricular mainstream, normally taken at the freshman level. From the outset, library faculty were included in the development of the course. Library skills are mentioned in the program’s Rationale  and a library assignment is required by the Covenant of Course Objectives and Coverage for World Civilizations 110-111 which states, “To teach basic information retrieval and library research skills … [all sections of Gen Ed 110 will] have a graded library assignment.”  Two guides, Educational Objectives in Library Use for Students in World Civilizations Classes  and Creating Effective Library Assignments , are available for consideration by World Civilizations faculty as they develop the library assignment for their classes, as is individual collaboration with librarians. During the 2003/2004 and present academic years, World Civ administrators and teaching instructors have been working on revising the program’s overarching learning outcomes, including the outcome corresponding to the library assignment.