Student Learning Assessment
Student learning assessment. Isn’t that assigning grades at the end of a course? Not exactly!
When we think about learning assessment, we shift from thinking about what we want to teach to what we want students to learn — or what they should be able to know, do or think about after a particular learning experience.
To build assessment into your course or curriculum, you have to begin with the end in mind. Identify where you want students to be at the end of the course, and then you can backwards design your assignments, activities and readings to match that end point.
There are five engaged student learning outcomes (SLOs) that are embedded in community engagement: civic engagement, intercultural competence, integrative learning, critical reflection and ethical practice. These outcomes aren’t unique to community-engaged learning, they are essential to it.
- See details about engaged student learning outcomes.
- Use the Engaged Learning Planning and Assessment Matrix to think through and track outcomes, methods, measures and results.
- Check out the Designing SMART Learning Objectives for information on how to create useful objectives for your students.
- Visit the websites for the Office of the Provost and the Center for Teaching Innovation to learn about assessment more broadly.
You may also be interested in:
- Attending the two-day Faculty Institute on Community Engaged Learning and Teaching (CELT)
- Applying to join the yearlong Engaged Faculty Fellowship Program
- Applying for an Engaged Cornell grant