Assignment 1: Student Learning Outcomes

DUE: Drafts due February 17, Final version due February 20, 2014 (20 pts)

The best way to learn how to effectively use student learning outcomes, sometimes called learning objectives, is to try your hand at developing them. Do it. You will write two (2) specific student learning outcomes for college students in an area or discipline that you now teach or are likely to teach in the future.

Submit your drafts in the K-State Online dropbox by February 17 by 12pm. We'll spend some time in class the following day sharing and giving/getting feedback. Your final versions may be submitted by February 20, so you'll have time to consider your classmates' feedback and revise, if you think that's a good idea. You may plan to incorporate these two student learning outcomes or objectives as part of your work in Assignment #2. But you won't have to use them again. It's up to you.

For each student learning outcome, you should include:

  1. the student learning outcome (what you want the students to learn);
  2. a brief description of how you would evaluate whether students have met the learning objective -- that is, whether they have learned whatever you intended them to learn;
  3. a brief description of how you would teach toward the student learning outcome -- in other words, what you would do to help students learn what you want them to learn.

When working on this assignment:

  • Most important, focus on a couple of student learning outcomes that are truly important for your students.
  • Focus on higher levels of learning. Develop student learning outcomes that deal with learning above and beyond fundamental memorization in the cognitive domain, or simple observation in the psychomotor domain, or basic awareness in the attitudinal domain.
  • State the student learning outcomes as learning objectives.  Describe what the students are going to learn, not what you are going to teach.