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The Relationship Between Student Demographics and Student Engagement with Online Library Instruction Modules | Thill | Evidence Based Library and Information Practice


via The Relationship Between Student Demographics and Student Engagement with Online Library Instruction Modules | Thill | Evidence Based Library and Information Practice

The authors asked students in a “research-based composition course” to “complete an online library instruction module embedded in the university’s course management system, either before in-person library instruction or in lieu of face-to-face library instruction. ”  They then, “measured levels of student engagement by recording the amount of time students spent on each page of the online module.”

They compared engagement with demographic and GPA outcomes and determined that older and those with higher GPA had higher levels of engagement.  Regarding the latter association, I’m wondering if we in librarianship are not chasing the dog’s tail – by comparing two outcomes that are so closely associated, do we necessarily learn anything about the intervention?  In our current educational system, those with high GPA’s tend to be those who engage with the material covered.  Thus, those who engage with the material get better grades.

The authors do compare engagement with other demographic variables, and while these relationships could possibly shed some light groups for which engagement is more or less limited, I wonder what, if anything, would actually be done with this information.  Their sample was largely either Caucasian/White or Hispanic (the conflation of which may be a knot too difficult to disentangle), so it lacked diversity to enable fine group analysis.  But if African-Americans or Asian groups differed notably in a statistically verifiable way, could they, would they be able to find out why and change their approach accordingly?

But that is not may main concern here – it is now all-to-common approach of measuring the association two or more outcomes that are inherently highly correlated.  This includes measuring usage of any library resources to grades or persistence or graduation.  Yes, usage of or engagement with the material will help students get better grades. But those with better grades have already figured this out.  We need to figure out why those with lower grades do not engage or use our resources.  Why do we keep missing each other?

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