Teaching/Learning Academy

Learning Outcomes: Definitions & Examples

A global definition of a Learning Outcome (LO) is a statement of what the student should understand and be able to do as a result of what she has learned in a course or learning program.  We refer to these as Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs).            

A Learning Outcome in terms of a tenure candidate’s ILP is a statement of what the faculty member wants to learn or be able to do to improve student learning. We refer to these Faculty Learning Outcomes (FLOs).

The Faculty Learning Outcome answers “What does the tenure candidate need to learn at this point in the development of his or her practice?” The FLO should be compatible with departmental needs and defined in collaboration with one’s dean or director.

The FLO must be learning-centered, assessable, specific to the individual, and related to the Essential Competencies. It must also be demonstrable in a product or performance that can be judged according to explicit criteria.

Faculty Learning Outcomes for an ILP are phrased with the candidate’s learning in mind.

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This example would clearly demonstrate the Assessment competency, but it could also demonstrate the Outcomes-based Learning competency by focusing on the development of students’ written communication skills, which is the C in TVCA:  Think Value, Communicate, and Act, our Student Core Competencies.

 

Examples from Different Disciplines:

Mathematics Instructor’s Example Learning Outcome

Faculty Learning Outcome:  Construct alternative assessment techniques to improve students’ abilities to solve quadratic equations

 

Humanities Instructor’s Example Learning Outcome

Faculty Learning Outcome: Generate formative and summative assessment strategies to improve students’ abilities to apply the core competency “value” to a unit on western religion.

 

Computer Programming Instructor’s Example Learning Outcome

Faculty Learning Outcome: Obtain A Plus certification.

(Note that this outcome could address only the Professional Commitment competency because there is no student learning product.)

 

Librarian’s Example Learning Outcome

Faculty Learning Outcome: Develop active learning activities to improve students’ abilities to conduct research using the library databases.

 

Speech Instructor’s Example Learning Outcome

Faculty Learning Outcome: Develop an interactive online activity to improve students’ abilities to construct a speech outline.

 

Counselor’s Example Learning Outcome

Faculty Learning Outcome:Create instructional strategies utilizing campus Career Center resources to improve students’ abilities to articulate career choices.

 

Composition Instructor’s Example Learning Outcome

Faculty Learning Outcome: Design active learning strategies with appropriate assessment techniques to improve students’ abilities to write a sound argument essay.