Teaching & Learning

Equip students and faculty with the appropriate skills to be successful researchers, scholars, and informed global citizens.

Mortar Board The Libraries plays a critical role in integrating information resources, learning technologies, and research skills within University curricula, clinical services and other related programs. We collaborate with educators to develop and deliver a 21st century education to a diverse community.

Focus Areas

  • Use assessment to improve teaching and learning and promote the Libraries' role in students' academic success
    We play a crucial role in imparting information literacy skills to students through in-Libraries and online programming as well as instruction provided in partnership with UW academic departments. We set student learning goals, employing multiple assessment strategies to evaluate and anticipate the changing information needs of the UW's diverse community of users.
  • Strengthen services to students new to the UW to enable their academic success
    We recognize the unique challenges faced by new students coming to the UW and prioritize early outreach to incoming freshman, transfer, and international students. To prepare new students for academic research, UW librarians introduce important information concepts, skills, and strategies through targeted orientations, instruction embedded in first-year courses and one-on-one consultations.
  • Support the unique and emerging needs of online and active learning
    We are an educational technology leader at the UW, always seeking new and more effective ways to leverage resources to meet learning needs of students both on campus and remotely. Library technologies, facilities, and expertise enable students to actively engage with information at their point of need.


What is it?
Active learning Classroom assessment The assessment project for the Active Learning Classrooms in Odegaard Library seeks to understand what challenges and opportunities for teaching and learning instructors and students perceive in these new environments. The project is also gathering data to inform best practices for active learning strategies, appropriate ALC support plans, and future classroom designs.
Library Impact on Student Learning Research UW Libraries is one of twenty academic libraries involved with the GWLA Student Learning Impact Study. This study will measure the impact of librarians' educational interventions on freshman student success and to see if different types of instruction have a significant impact on student retention or student GPA. The GWLA research will help provide a model, methodology and best practices for investigating library impact on student learning research for the UW Libraries teaching and learning program.

    Canvas integration
      In 2014, the Libraries partnered with UW-IT in order to design a custom page dedicated to the promotion of library resources in the university’s Canvas course template. Page content was designed to be dynamic, so that the resources promoted would change slightly depending on the curriculum code associated with the course. In Fall 2014, this “UW Libraries” page was upgraded from an optional tab in the course navigation to a default tab, to appear unless explicitly turned off by the instructor.
        Libraries integration into First Year Experience initiatives
          Working with the Office of First Year Programs, Undergraduate Academic Affairs, Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity, and other groups on campus, design programs to make all entering first year students and transfer students aware of the library and its resources. Some examples of programs are Odegaard Library's Dawg Daze Open House, First Year Interest Group (FIG) research assignment, promoting the libraries during orientation sessions, and participating in campus-wide initiatives such as University 101 MOOC (what it means to be a student at a large research university) and Thrive@UW (weekly messages sent to first year students to make them aware of various services available on campus).

            Online tutorials (How Do I…/YouTube/Research 101/FAQ)
              Based on results of the 2012-2014 Tutorials Assessment Project, the Online Learning Subcommittee (OLS) is redesigning the UW Libraries’ online tutorials portal to better reflect the needs and preferences of its primary user demographic. The new Frequently Asked Questions portal will allow for a non-video tutorial formats, increase accessibility, and greatly reduce the overall number of tutorials promoted on the Libraries’ main website.
                Survey UWS International Students
                  1. Assess needs of international / ELL students through environmental scan, literature review, user needs assessment, or other methods.
                  2. Develop recommendations for policies, programming and support for international / ELL students.
                    UWB Library Information Literacy Outcomes
                      We will revisit our information literacy (IL) student learning outcomes in light of campus-wide conversations around developing the UWB undergraduate learning outcomes for IL, and the finalization of the ACRL Information Literacy Framework. Part of this includes mapping which outcomes we are addressing (or not) across our IL curriculum and making necessary adjustments to the outcomes and/or our teaching.
                        UWT Library Teaching & Learning Program
                          Conduct curriculum mapping for all courses taught on campus to assess our sequencing of information literacy skills.
                          Leadership and Service for Ex Libris Alma/Primo SILS Products (Also part of Collections & Access, Research & Scholarship, Engagement & Community) Libraries' staff regularly serve on consortial, national, and international groups to collaboratively develop and refine the Ex Libris Alma/Primo products to better support patron and user services.  Having a usable, functional, and optimized staff interface - Alma - is vital to providing a quality user experience. Primo, as a significant entry point to Libraries' services, is critical to meeting the research and scholarship needs of our users.