Presentation on theme: "U N I V E R S I T Y O F W I S C O N S I N O S H K O S H Liberal Education Reform Team Presentation on Learning Outcomes To all departments March and April."— Presentation transcript:
U N I V E R S I T Y O F W I S C O N S I N O S H K O S H Liberal Education Reform Team Presentation on Learning Outcomes To all departments March and April 2008
U N I V E R S I T Y O F W I S C O N S I N O S H K O S H What is LERT? Team charged in May 2007 to develop a university-wide liberal education plan guided by the AAC&U report, College Learning for the New Global Century. Charge and Report available on LERT homepage: http://www.uwosh.edu/projects/lert/lert.php
U N I V E R S I T Y O F W I S C O N S I N O S H K O S H First task of LERT Gather feedback from faculty, students, staff, and community to draft a set of Essential Learning Outcomes for UW Oshkosh
U N I V E R S I T Y O F W I S C O N S I N O S H K O S H What are Essential Learning Outcomes? A set of educational outcomes that all UW Oshkosh graduates should receive during their time at UW Oshkosh and may include: Knowledge of human cultures and the natural world Intellectual and practical skills Personal and social responsibility Integrative learning A framework to guide university-wide administrative decisions, student progress, curricular alignment, and assessment
U N I V E R S I T Y O F W I S C O N S I N O S H K O S H Discussion Questions What do students think they are going to get out of their college degree? How should students view their college education? What do we want a UW Oshkosh college graduate to look like?
U N I V E R S I T Y O F W I S C O N S I N O S H K O S H What NSSE and SoTL surveys and HLC and UW O Self Study reports show Students think They’re here to get credentials for a job Liberal/general education courses are totally irrelevant Faculty think We are teaching what matters in our discipline We are engaging students inside and outside the classroom We are preparing students for a more enriched life Integrating the Essential Learning Outcomes throughout the student learning experience could help us bridge the gap in how students and faculty view general education requirements and the significance of a college degree
U N I V E R S I T Y O F W I S C O N S I N O S H K O S H What will we do with the Essential Learning Outcomes? Structure the broader college experience at UW Oshkosh; this may include Essential Learning Outcomes: Aligned with General Education Integrated with the majors Connected to First Year Experience (so that students understand the value of liberal education) As a framework for assessment
U N I V E R S I T Y O F W I S C O N S I N O S H K O S H What’s next? Presentations, discussions and feedback on Essential Learning Outcomes within each department Rewrite/revise Learning Outcomes based on feedback to make the statement reflect UW Oshkosh Open forums to discuss Essential Learning Outcomes Revisions based on open forums Governance groups vote on revised learning outcomes Faculty Senate to appoint summer work group To audit our General Education program to see how it aligns with approved learning outcomes, and To develop recommendations to address shortcomings (if any are discovered).
U N I V E R S I T Y O F W I S C O N S I N O S H K O S H Feedback on Learning Outcomes What would you want to keep? What is missing? What should be deleted or modified? How would you convey the passion we all share for liberal education? nb: Additional feedback may be submitted anonymously on the LERT web page