Student Learning Outcomes. Los Angeles Valley College Training, Spring 2008 – part II SLO Coordinator – Rebecca Stein [email protected] ; (818) 947-2538. Review - Why SLOs?. New Accreditation Standards “Covering” material does not guarantee students have learned it
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Tied directly to specific course content.
Address skills, tools, or content that enable a student to engage in a particular subject.
5 – 7 per course.
Overarching understanding and application beyond specific course content.
What students take away from the course that they can use in other courses or in life.
1 – 2 per course.Review - How is an SLO different from an objective?
AAHE Bulletin, November 1995
Ruth Stiehl (2007)
What can the student do or actually demonstrate they know
Can witness with own eyes
Setting is structured/ contained
What students say they can do
Things from which learning is inferred
Setting is not easily structured/ containedDirect vs. Indirect
Broad emergent themes
Bulky to store and report
Often most valuable and insightful
Individual components and scores
Easier calculations and comparisons
Easy to store and manage
Often has limited value
Must be carefully constructed to be validQualitative vs. Quantitative
Assessment for learning
Provide corrective feedback
Establish foundational learning for next step
Assessment for evaluative purposes
“After the fact”
Determine progress/ achievement/ proficiency
Readiness for next step/role/learning experienceFormative vs. Summative
Evaluated/scored using set of criteria
Based on proficiency not subjective measures such as improvement
Assessment of individual compared to other individuals or individual’s improvement over time
Addresses overall mastery but gives little detail about specific skillsCriterion-based vs. Norm-Referenced
Assessments created, tested, sold by an educational testing company
Usually scored normatively
Developed and validated for a specific purpose, course, function
Usually criterion-referenced to promote validityStandardized vs. Homegrown
The Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Cycle
Develop Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Determine refinements based on data.
Closing the Assessment Loop
Design & Measure Student Learning as a result of the Curriculum, Course, or Program.
Collect, discuss, and analyze data.The Assessment Cycle (SLOAC)