Course Proposal - Student Learning Outcomes
In this context, learning outcomes describe what students are able to demonstrate in terms of knowledge, skills, and values upon completion of a course. For our purposes the terms learning outcomes and learning goals are interchangeable. The term “learning outcomes” is used broadly in higher education, but some people find it more straightforward to think about goals for learning.
It is also possible to have learning outcomes for an academic program, a sequence of courses, or other learning structures. Learning outcomes should be objective, measurable and aligned with the material covered in the course and its methods of assessment. Here are a few examples:
- Student will be able to analyze the interaction of politics and economics in developing nations.
- Student will be able to describe the scientific principles of heredity.
- Student will be able to design a qualitative research study.
Due to changing assessment and accreditation requirements it is likely that more guidance and specific requirements will be provided in the future for how course learning outcomes should be framed.
Your school or college's assessment plan might also provide ideas for how you might frame the learning outcomes for your course.
Bloom's taxonomy is a useful tool for developing good learning outcomes
The Engineering Professional Development Teaching & Learning Resource site provides some helpful resources as well.
LEAP Initiative Essential Learning Outcomes