Student Learning Outcomes

 

Outcomes

Student learning outcomes are the knowledge, skills, and abilities that students can demonstrate as evidence of what they have learned.  At its core, assessment is simply the systematic investigation of whether students are achieving the intended outcomes and curating the curriculum based on the results.  For this reason, effective learning outcomes are the foundation the assessment process and often a point in the process that must be revisited regularly.

Drafting learning outcomes is both an art and a science.  It is an art in that there are infinite ways to describe student learning across the many disciplines and administrative units of the University.  It is a science in that there are conventions for writing learning outcomes that enable educators and students to understand and use them most effectively.   The resources below can help instructors create outcomes that will support both successful student learning and a meaningful assessment process.