Faculty and staff are struggling with understanding the differences between classroom, program, and institutional learning outcomes.
Faculty and co-curricular areas have been tasked with writing learning outcomes at the course, program, and co-curricular levels in Fall 2018 and Spring 2019.
Two "snackeons" were offered through the CTL with interactive activities to help attendees determine the differences between competencies, classroom, program, and institutional learning outcomes. People were given four statements to categorize. The 4 statements aligned to one field of study so that attendees can see how to write the LO at different levels. For example, one set of statements aligned to Chemisty, and another one aligned to Psychology.
Based off of the survey results and verbal feedback from attendees, they found the session very helpful. Having attendees categorize the statements at the different levels and discussing this as a group was beneficial to participants.
We need to continue to help people understand the differences. There is still a lot of confusion from people, and we had low attendance at these two sessions. If divisions or departments want to have one of the assessment coordinators attend their meetings, this may provide more opportunties to help alleviate confusion.
In Spring 2018, administrators came back from HLC informing us that we needed to have learning outcomes written and assessed. We had a college wide push over the past year to get these written at the course, program, and co-curricular level. We are struggling with people understanding how everything should be aligned, so the assessment coordinators, champions, and committee members are working to help alleviate confusion.