Course-‐Level Learning Outcomes

Transforming Student Learning
Through A Learning Outcomes
Approach To Curriculum Design
Gary Hunt
Thompson Rivers University
[email protected]
•  Learning outcomes: what and why
•  Writing program-level learning
•  Getting started with assessment
Learning Outcomes:
What and Why
•  Learning outcomes are explicit statements of what
students will know, be able to do, and value at the
end of an educational experience
•  They clarify connections between learning goals
for courses, programs, and the institution
•  They communicate learning goals to all
institutional stakeholders
•  They integrate with program review
•  They are required for new program approval
The Learning Outcomes and
Assessment Approach
Provincial Framework
The Curriculum
Improvement Process
Writing program-level learning outcomes is
part of the self-evaluation of your program.
Program Rationale, Goals Curriculum Improvement (Course-­‐Level Learning Outcomes) Program-­‐Level Learning Outcomes Collect, Analyze & Interpret Evidence Assessment Plan (Curriculum Mapping) How to Get Started
Consider the characteristics of your ideal graduate
based on these questions:
•  How would you describe the attributes of an ideal
graduate of the program?
•  What are the essential knowledge, skills, and values
that your graduates possess?
•  What distinguishes the graduates in your program
from graduates in similar programs at other
Writing Learning Outcomes
The ideal learning outcome has three elements:
–  Action verb (what they will do)
–  Subject (the specific topic)
–  Context (circumstances)
By the end of this program, successful students will be
able to:
–  Communicate effectively in a professional
environment through technical reports and
The verb is “communicate,” the subject is “technical
reports and presentations,” and the context is
“professional environment.”
More Examples
•  Select and characterize appropriate materials for
use in building wood-framed houses
•  Practice and evaluate group skills in support of
team performance
•  Apply and integrate computer technology in design
processes and products
•  Write a research report consistent with journalistic
standards in the sciences
•  Produce a body of work suitable for seeking
professional opportunities in fine arts
BC Provincial Framework
•  Depth and breadth of knowledge
•  Knowledge of methodologies
•  Application of Knowledge
•  Communication skills
•  Awareness of limits of knowledge
•  Autonomy and professional capacity
Small-group discussion
•  Individually, write one program-level learning
outcome based on the prompting questions and the
•  Indicate one or more provincial attributes that link to
your outcome
•  Ask someone else to assess your outcome
according to the listed criteria
•  Share and discuss with your group
Semester Map Example
Curriculum Map Example