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Assessing core student learning outcomes

Assessing COREStudent Learning Outcomes

Summer Assessment Institute

August, 2005

Presented by

Jerry Rudmann

Coastline Community College

Desired outcomes of this session

Desired Outcomes of this Session

Participants will be able to…

  • Explain why robust SLOs are appropriate for representing Institutional (or “CORE”) learning goals

  • Write a robust SLO statement

  • Create and use a scoring rubric for assessing a robust SLO

  • List and describe several ways to facilitate the assessment of CORE learning outcomes

More specifically a student learning outcome or slo is

More specifically: AStudent Learning Outcome or “SLO” is…

A specific observable, measurable behavior stated in terms of what students should be able to do as a result of instruction.

The four levels of student learning outcomes

The Four Levels of Student Learning Outcomes

  • Lesson or unit level

  • Course level

  • Program level

  • College level

Two general categories of core slos

Two General Categories of CORE SLOs

  • Content knowledge – facts, terms, concepts, dates, definitions, etc.

  • Robust outcomes – products of complex behaviors and skills that students take with them and use later (e.g., a paper, a speech, an analysis of the merits and flaws in a persuasive message)

5 the robust learning outcome meets these criteria

5. The “Robust” Learning Outcome Meets These Criteria…

  • A behavior or skill beyond content knowledge

  • Bloom’s levels 3 to 6

  • Specifies the conditions / context

  • A real life skill

  • Experts agree on importance

  • Standard of excellence

  • Can assess with a rubric

  • Global in scope

  • Student is thinking, acting like a “pro”

Robust outcomes are critically important products of learning

Robust Outcomes are Critically Important Products of Learning

Handout robust outcome rubric

Handout – Robust Outcome Rubric

Examples of robust slos written by college instructors

Examples of Robust SLOs Written by College Instructors

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Eng 100 english composition

Eng 100 - English Composition

Students will be able to write a well organized, well-developed essay of 650 to 1,000 words using standard written English.

Psychology 1 introductory psychology

Psychology 1 – Introductory Psychology

Given an explanation of behavior taken from the popular media, students will critically evaluate the explanation using the appropriate evaluation criteria (e.g., indications of non-random sampling, experimenter bias, lack of peer review, the confirmation bias, and a correlational research design).

To review robust outcomes are critically important competencies meeting the following criteria

To Review: Robust Outcomes are Critically Important Competencies Meeting the Following Criteria

The “robust” learning outcome…

  • Is a behavior or skill beyond recitation

  • Bloom’s Taxonomy level 3 or higher

  • Specifies the conditions

  • Is a real life skill

  • Considered high priority by experts in your unit

  • Has a benchmark of excellence

  • Is amenable to assessment (e.g., by rubric)

  • Is an overarching outcome rather that something minute

Try writing one

Try Writing One

  • A CORE Student Learning Outcome defined:

    Knowledge, skills, abilities, and attitudes a student has attained upon transfer and/or graduation from your institution.

  • Try writing a robust outcome

Share draft robust outcomes

Share Draft Robust Outcomes


Assessment of Content Knowledge


Fill in the blank


Short answer essay

Assessment of Robust SLOs

Scoring rubric


Embedded assessment

Embedded Assessment

  • A clever way to do gather SLO evidence

  • Minimal impact on current practices

  • No problem with student motivation

Introduction to the rubric

Introduction to the Rubric

  • Scoring rubrics are ideally suited for assessing robust learning outcomes.

Let s develop an assessment rubric for a resume

Let’s Develop an Assessment Rubric for a Resume

Chocolate chip cookie rubric

Chocolate Chip Cookie Rubric

Chocolate Chip Cookie Rubric

A rubric is good

A Rubric is Good!

  • Facilitates staff dialogue regarding satisfactory performance.

  • Creates a more objective assessment.

  • Makes expectation explicit to the student.

  • Encourages metacognitive skill of self-monitoring own learning.

  • Facilitates scoring and reporting of data.

Design your own rubric

Design Your Own Rubric

  • Use the worksheet in your packet to design a scoring rubric for one of your new robust SLOs

Brainstorm strategies for moving forward in assessing core slos

Brainstorm – Strategies for Moving Forward in Assessing CORE SLOs

Assessment of core slos strategies for moving forward

Assessment of CORE SLOs –Strategies for Moving Forward

  • Look for existing sources of data

  • Multiple measures – triangulation

  • Embedded assessment

  • Map CORE SLOS to courses, programs, services

  • Assessing a sample versus population

  • Theme years

  • Technology tools

  • Commercial instruments

  • Qualitative assessment (exit surveys, interviews, focus groups)

  • Create an implementation plan

  • Make SLO assessment report part of an annual Institutional Effectiveness Report (?)

The implementation plan

The Implementation Plan

  • Who, how, where and when will your college gather CORE SLO assessment data?

  • Who will review this assessment data?

  • Who will write and file a SLO report?

Assessing core student learning outcomes

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