Dean's Update: Reflections on the Drexel Student Learning Priorities

Dean's Update: Reflections on the Drexel Student Learning Priorities
Jenny James Lee
September 4, 2013

[The Dean's Update is a column introducing each issue of the Libraries' monthly e-newsletter In Circulation.]

You may or may not be familiar with the acronym DSLP, which stands for the Drexel Student Learning Priorities, the framework that guides student growth at Drexel. The DSLP identify core intellectual and practical skills, including information literacy, communications, critical thinking, ethical reasoning, and technology use. In the Libraries, we foster connections among services, resources and experts to coach students to become better learners while mastering these and other learning priorities.

Teachers and faculty across campus are imbedding the DSLP into their discipline’s curriculum and teaching practical ways to apply them. Traditionally librarians have focused on the development of information literacy, one of the core skills that are critical in our information age. Increasingly, we extend our efforts to partner with faculty, tutors, and campus experts from the writing, language and student life centers to coordinate guidance on using the DSLP skills to complete assignments. As students mature into self-directed learners, they apply these skills to resolve problems they identify throughout their lives.

Our liaison librarians actively share the campus objective of preparing Drexel Dragons with the skills needed for success after college. This issue highlights some examples of people and services doing this work. It begins with a Q&A with Nancy Bellafante who works with the DSLP Group to identify the challenges that students face and to design innovative services to address these challenges. Nancy also serves on the First-Year Book Program committee, which introduces new Drexel students to academic life on campus. The issue also highlights graduate student contributions to scholarship.

We continue to develop integrated learning opportunities beyond the classroom. As we prepare for the new academic year, we prepare for greater use of instructional technologies and access to new electronic resources of authoritative information. Our staff is ready to implement creative and fresh ideas. We hope you will contact us with other initiatives we might consider.

Danuta A. Nitecki, Ph.D.
Dean of Libraries


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