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Assignment 1: Student Learning Outcomes

DUE: Drafts due February 12th by 9:30am (5 pts), Final version due February 24th by 9:30am (15 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. For this assignment, 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 to CANVAS by 2/12 by 9:30am. We will spend time in class on 2/12 sharing and giving/getting feedback, so please bring a copy of your draft with you to class on that day. Your final version will be submitted by 2/24, so you will have time to consider your classmates' feedback and revise, if you think that is a good idea. You may plan to incorporate these two student learning outcomes or objectives as part of your work for Assignment #2. But you will not have to use them again. It is 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 (remember Bloom's Taxonomy). 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.