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Lesson 1: Student Learning Outcome Defined

Sunday, November 19, 2017

To understand how we might be impacting student learning we must first define our student learning outcomes and then measure if the learning activities implemented were effective.

Student Learning Outcomes are goals that describe how a student will be different because of a learning experience. More specifically, learning outcomes are the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and habits of mind that students take with them from a learning experience. (Suskie, 2009).

It may be difficult to know where to start in writing a student learning outcome.

Here are some questions to first consider that might help you brainstorm a list of outcomes.

  1. What do you want the student to be able to do?
  2. What knowledge, skill or abilities should the ideal student participant demonstrate?
  3. How will students be able to demonstrate what they learned?
  4. How does this program and outcome fit within the program and with the College’s General Education Student Learning Outcomes?

The focus should be on what a student will be able to do with the information or learning experience garnered in the course or program (Suskie, 2009)

Source: Suskie, L. (2009). Assessing student learning: A common sense guide, 2nd edition. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.