Special recognition: University of Florida Participants will be able to: ◦ Articulate specifications for learning outcomes ◦ Classify learning outcomes using Bloom’s taxonomy ◦ Write (or evaluate) student learning outcomes for your course ◦ Explain how you might assess student learning outcomes SACS-COC = the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges State of Texas- legislative mandates Federal Student Aid Public Accountability Enhance Student Learning! 3.3.1 - The institution identifies expected outcomes, assesses the extent to which it achieves these outcomes, and provides evidence of improvement based on analysis of the results in each of the following areas: (Institutional effectiveness) 22.214.171.124 educational programs, to include student learning outcomes Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)describe student learning – what students will know and be able to do as a result of completing a program Program Goals do not describe student learning – instead, they describe programmatic elements, such as admission criteria, acceptance and graduation rates, etc Outputs describe and count what we do and whom we reach, and represent products or services we produce. Processes deliver outputs; what is produced at the end of a process is an output. An outcome is a level of performance or achievement. It may be associated with a process or its output. Outcomes imply measurement quantification - of performance. This distinction is important, especially in the development and review of Student Learning Outcomes. We seek to measure outcomes as well as their associated outputs; however, SLOs focus on outcomes. For example, while we produce a number of new graduates (the output), it is critical that we have a measure of the quality of the graduates as defined by the college or discipline (the outcome). Effective Student Learning Outcomes describe, in measurable terms, these quality characteristics by defining our expectations for students at the end of the course or program. Focus on what students will know and be able to do. Describe observable and measureable actions or behaviors. ◦ All disciplines have a body of core knowledge that students must learn to be successful as well as a core set of applications of that knowledge in professional settings. ◦ Effective SLOs present a core set of observable, measureable behaviors. Measurement tools vary from quizzes and tests to complex rubrics. The key to measurability: an active verb that describes a observable behavior, process, or product A framework for developing SLOs: Bloom’s Taxonomy Understand Appreciate; value Become familiar with Learn about, think about Become aware of, gain an awareness of Demonstrate the ability to Also introduce, cover, present……….. ◦ An internal process that is indicated by demonstrated behaviors – not recommended for program or course SLOs ◦ Internal processes that are indicated by demonstrated behaviors closely tied to personal choice ◦ Focuses assessment on “becoming familiar,” not familiarity ◦ Not observable; demonstrable through communication or other demonstration of learning ◦ Focuses assessment on becoming and/or gaining – not actual awareness ◦ Focuses assessment on ability, not achievement or demonstration of a skill To introduce the basic principles of learning and the biological processes….. Attend a live theater event and discuss its impact on them as an audience member who has a knowledge of theater history. To familiarize students with 9 to 10 literature or literature related books. Understanding of American history. The students will be able to understand regression models and time series models in economics. The students will be able to interpret and develop regression models and time series models in economics. Students will know the differences in major contemporary theories in the field of sociology Students will be able to contrast major contemporary theories in the field of sociology University Level – undergraduate student learning outcomes Program-level Goals produce Student Learning Outcomes these describe what students will do to demonstrate they have met the learning goals Course-level Student Learning Outcome these are determined by the faculty and specify course-level, observable products or demonstrations This model allows you to develop assessments that measure the outcomes, and that then connect directly to the program learning goals 1. Master the depth of knowledge required for a degree Articulate disciplinary and interdisciplinary theories, concepts, principles, skills, and practices Synthesize knowledge across courses and other experiences Apply knowledge from core curriculum courses, discipline-based courses, and other experiences in a range of contexts to solve problems and make decisions 2. Demonstrate critical thinking Evaluate, analyze, and integrate information from a variety of sources Use appropriate strategies and tools to represent, analyze, and integrate information Develop critical, reasoned positions 3. Communicate effectively Demonstrate effective oral communication skills (which could include the use of languages such as American Sign language for those who do not communicate orally) Demonstrate effective writing skills Demonstrate effective nonverbal communication skills (which could include appropriate use of performance, design, or representations such as maps, tables, and graphs) Listen actively and critically Present work effectively to a range of audiences Effectively communicate original and creative ideas 4. Practice personal and social responsibility Practice ethical leadership Recognize an ethical dilemma and apply rational decision-making in order to address it Choose ethical courses of action in research and practice Acknowledge and address the consequences of one’s own actions Engage in local and global civic activities 5. Demonstrate social, cultural, and global competence Live and work effectively in a diverse and global society Articulate the value of a diverse and global perspective Recognize diverse economic, political, cultural, and religious opinions and practices 6. Prepare to engage in lifelong learning Exhibit the skills necessary to acquire, organize, reorganize, and interpret new knowledge Show proficiency in current technologies and the ability to adapt to emerging technologies Recognize and participate in activities that enhance wellness of body, mind, and spirit Formulate a plan of personal goals for continued professional growth Demonstrate intellectual curiosity 7. Work collaboratively Participate effectively in teams Consider different points of view Work with others to support a shared purpose or goal Students who complete the MSE degree will: Understand materials systems and their role in engineering Apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering principles to materials science and engineering to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data Design a system, component or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability and sustainability Content Knowledge • Apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering principles to materials science and engineering. • Design and conduct materials science and engineering experiments and analyze and interpret the data. Critical Thinking • Design a materials science and engineering system, component or process to meet desired needs within realistic economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability and sustainability constraints. Communication • Communicate technical data and design information effectively in speech and in writing to other materials engineers. Additional Assessments SLOs Content Knowledge EMA3050 EMA3066 EMA4714 #1 I R A #2 EMA3080C EMA3066 EMA4223 EMA4714 #3 I R A Communication EMA3080C EMA3013C EMA3513C #4 I R A EMA4714 Senior exit survey I Critical Thinking EMA3513C R A Senior exit survey Senior exit survey Senior exit survey Assessments in the boxes marked A are conducted using specific homework, exam, or assignment questions aligned with that SLO. Source: 2011-12 MSE Academic Assessment Plan These are determined by the faculty to teach the course However, these should directly relate to the program SLOs Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to: Quick thought Syllabi Review Are there learning outcomes? Observable? Measurable? Direct? Constructive advice…….. Revise Current Syllabi Direct assessments of student learning are those that provide for direct examination or observation of student knowledge or skills against measurable performance indicators. Indirect assessments are those that ascertain the opinion or selfreport of the extent or value of learning experiences Review your exams or assessments Better yet… have one of your colleagues review your exams or assessments Are your assessments in line with your student learning outcomes (taxonomy)? Many will say yes. On review, most assessments are at fairly low taxonomic levels. Choose a cognitive level on Bloom’s taxonomy for each question that best reflects the expectations of the question…see what you find…….. Carriveau, R. (2010). Connecting the dots – Developing student learning outcomes and outcomes-based assessments. Denton, TX: Fancy Fox Publications Suskie, L. (2009). Assessing student learning: A common sense guide (2nd ed.) San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. Walvoord, B. (2010). Assessment clear and simple: A practical guide for institutions, departments, and general education (2nd ed.). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.