How do I write a better student learning outcome?
- Shortcomings can typically be seen by asking two simple questions:
- Can it be measured?
- Is learning being demonstrated?
- Take a look at the following examples:
- Participants will understand the complexity of sociocultural and international diversity.
- Learning is demonstrated, but this SLO will be difficult to measure.
- Students will arrive on time daily.
- This can be easily measured, but learning is not necessarily being demonstrated.
- We see readily that these learning outcomes have shortcomings.
- We can rewrite these to make the learning outcomes measurable and demonstrative of learning:
- Participants will demonstrate the ability to recognize and discuss the complexity of sociocultural and international diversity.
- Students will apply effective strategies for self-management and self-improvement.
- Both of these SLO's answer the two questions. They are measurable and demonstrate that the student has learned!
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