Student Learning Goals
The articulation of student learning goals is the foundational step of the assessment process. Institutional guidelines were developed and shared with Haverford departments in the process of articulating student learning goals. An evaluative tool for reflecting upon the entire assessment loop can assist departments in placing learning goals in the context of the four-step assessment process (further detailed in an Assessment Primer ).
- articulation of learning goals/objectives
- application of curricular/learning strategies
- assessment of learning, based on the articulated objectives
- use of the assessment results to improve subsequent teaching and learning
A comprehensive view of learning assessment is presented in Guidelines for Good Assessment of Student Learning . Additional helpful resources and examples to support faculty in the articulation of student learning goals have been compiled by our colleagues at Swarthmore College. The University of Connecticut hosts an extensive assessment website which includes many resources, such as "How to Write Objectives/Outcomes" which includes (on page 5) a variety of practical approaches for departments to consider when revisiting student learning goals and objectives.
Departmental Student Learning Goals
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