A Faculty and Staff Guide to Creating Learning Outcomes

Paper: 978 1 889271 67 5 / $3.00
Published: May 2010

30 pp., 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
Published in partnership with the Office of Student Engagement, University of South Carolina

For more than a decade, educators have focused on illustrating the effectiveness of educational interventions by measuring changes in grade point averages, retention, satisfaction, and participation. What such measures don't tell us is what students know or are able to do as a result of their educational experiences. Yet, this is the kind of data colleges and universities are increasingly asked to report by state legislatures, regional accrediting agencies, and a number of other stakeholders. Responding to this call requires new assessment vehicles that report success through the eyes of students using measurable learning outcomes for courses, programs of study, and cocurricular experiences. A Faculty and Staff Guide to Creating Learning Outcomes presents a framework for developing and assessing student learning outcomes in a brief, accessible format.

Table of Contents:

About This Guide

What Is Assessment?

What Are Learning Outcomes?

Why Use Learning Outcomes

A Model for Creating Learning

Format of the Learning Outcome Statement

Assessing Learning Outcomes

Concluding Thoughts

Assessment Resources

References

About the Authors


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