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1 University of Washington Student Learning Objectives Student Learning Objectives (SLO) and the Transformation of the Learning Experience January 27, 2003 Debra Friedman Associate Provost for Academic Planning Matt Freedman architect & developer, SLO Project Copyright Debra Friedman, This work is the intellectual property of the author. Permission is granted for this material to be shared for non-commercial, educational purposes, provided that this copyright statement appears on the reproduced materials and notice is given that the copying is by permission of the author. To disseminate otherwise or to republish requires written permission from the author.

2 University of Washington Student Learning Objectives Copyright Debra Friedman, Contextual Forces Accountability Accreditation Assessment

3 University of Washington Student Learning Objectives Copyright Debra Friedman, Discontinuity Disjuncture between the demands of educational innovation and accountability / accreditation

4 University of Washington Student Learning Objectives Copyright Debra Friedman, Challenge Serve the two masters while preserving faculty control over the definition of teaching and learning and enhancing student learning.

5 University of Washington Student Learning Objectives Copyright Debra Friedman, The Response Attempt to buy it. Identify principles governing a well-designed system.

6 University of Washington Student Learning Objectives Copyright Debra Friedman, To work at the UW, the SLO initiative must: Be consistent with momentum to improve undergraduate education Allow for unit differences Allow faculty to control the definition Provide meaningful feedback Be simple, efficient, scaleable

7 University of Washington Student Learning Objectives Copyright Debra Friedman, Unit of Analysis: Instructor + learning experience

8 University of Washington Student Learning Objectives Copyright Debra Friedman, To Collect the Necessary Data: Encode each learning experience using  University learning objectives  Department / program specific learning objectives

9 University of Washington Student Learning Objectives Copyright Debra Friedman, University learning objectives: Analytic  Problem Solving  Locate Information  Critical Analysis Intellectual  Philosophies & Cultures  Quantitative Principles  Scientific Principles  Society & Environment  Arts Appreciation Other  Independence  Modern Technology Communication  Writing  Foreign Language  Speaking Interpersonal  Leadership  Working Cooperatively

10 University of Washington Student Learning Objectives Copyright Debra Friedman, Alumni Survey Results: University Learning Objectives Rating Defining and solving problems Locating information needed to help make decisions or solve problems Speaking effectively Working and or learning independently Working effectively with modern technology, especially computers Working cooperatively in a group Please note: for each of these outcomes, necessity was rated greater than UW contribution Necessity UW Impact Self-rating.59

11 University of Washington Student Learning Objectives Copyright Debra Friedman, Departmental/Program Learning Objectives Ethics Design Professionalism etc…  dance: integration and application of new ideas, movement vocabulary/terminology, movement/compositional analysis, musicality, non-verbal communication, qualitative principles, rhythmic analysis, spatial awareness  engineering: design, ethics  geography: access, citizenship, geographic information, GIS, globalization, movement, representation, scale, sustainability, well being

12 University of Washington Student Learning Objectives Copyright Debra Friedman, How does SLO work? Go to the encoder

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28 University of Washington Student Learning Objectives Copyright Debra Friedman, The SLO Initiative … Is designed to honor professors’ teaching identities and disciplinary differences while summing meaningfully across diverse units of the University. Has a metric as dynamic as the educational goals that it attempts to capture: as they change, so it changes. Is an unobtrusive aid – not an impediment – to the transformation of learning.


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