Presentation on theme: "Fostering Continuous Improvement of Curriculum - Learning Outcomes Peter Wolf Director, Centre for Open Learning Educational Support University of Guelph."— Presentation transcript:
Fostering Continuous Improvement of Curriculum - Learning Outcomes Peter Wolf Director, Centre for Open Learning Educational Support University of Guelph
Geography Program Assessment Mapping structure and intentions focus groups with entering students focus groups with graduating students alumni survey past reviews programs of high regard elsewhere faculty perspectives retreat
Geography Learning Outcomes 1. Analyze the earth as an integrated human-environment system by examining dynamic flows, interactions and exchanges at different spatial and temporal scales. 2. Reflect critically upon the scope and evolution of the diverse discipline of geography. 3. Recognize, synthesize and evaluate diverse sources of knowledge, arguments and approaches pertinent to exploring human- environment problems. 4. Collect and analyze geographical data and interpret its significance within the context of human-environment relations. 5. Communicate geographical concepts and data effectively using oral, written and visual forms. 6. Collaborate effectively as a team leader and member to pursue innovative solutions to human-environment problems. 7. Work independently to prioritize tasks and manage time effectively while maintaining academic and professional integrity. 8. Identify and address geographical questions using creativity and critical thought in diverse settings (e.g. classroom, lab, field, community). 9. Investigate complex real world challenges using appropriate concepts, methods, and tools from one or more geographical sub-disciplines. 10. Appreciate and reflect critically on the importance of holistic, integrative human-environment perspectives. 11. Explain societal relevance of geographical knowledge and apply it to real world human-environment issues. 12. Value respectful, responsible, and just community engagement and demonstrate active citizenship when addressing human- environment issues.
Geography Program Assessment Priority Findings Students reported being confused on what geography is; didn’t know other geography students No field trips – key signature pedagogy
Plant Ag - Assessment Plan Taught/Assessed - 2 Taught/Not assessed - 2 Not Taught/Assessed - 4 Not Taught/Not Assessed - 22 Curriculum Mapping - Writing Faculty Focus Group Student Focus Group
Plant Ag - Impact Actions: Common rubric that can be used for providing feedback on writing in all 3/4 th year courses Workshops for faculty on how to incorporate and assess writing in- course Common resource for students on disciplinary writing
Areas of Specialization / Foundational Content Content-driven Curriculum Programme Structure Course A Content Course C Content Course B Content Course D Content
Programme Outcomes Educational Experiences Areas of Specialization / Foundational Content Outcomes-driven Curriculum University Learning Objectives Programme Structure Course A Objectives Course C Objectives Course B Objectives Course D Objectives
Key Questions 1. What are the programme outcomes that we want to foster in our students? 2. Where in the curriculum are students encouraged to develop the programme outcomes? 3. How do we know whether our programmes are successful?
Embedding Outcomes Autonomy & Professional Capacity Professional & Ethical Behaviour An ethical practitioner who values diversity of opinions & perspectives Will utilize Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedom in determining resolution to case studies OCAV DLE University Outcome Degree Outcome Course Outcome
Programme Assessment Student work – Tests, assignments, etc. 360° consultations Curriculum mapping External reviews, accreditations, etc. Benchmarks, research, literature, etc. Student reflection – (e)Portfolios, journals, etc. Analytics
Intentions Map Survey Questions : Which instructional methods do you use in this course? Which assessment approaches do students engage in for this course? For each listed Knowledge, Skill and Value, please indicate which, if any, you intentionally foster in this course? At what level of sophistication? For those indicated, please specify how /whether each KSV is taught and/or assessed in this course? How are the total marks available to students distributed over the course of the semester? Comments? Course-by-course info: Outcomes Assessment Learning methods Course-by-course info: Outcomes Assessment Learning methods April 12, 2012
Outcome Focus Civic engagement & advocacy Taught & Assessed: 4 courses Taught; Not Assessed: 1 course Not Taught; Not Assessed: 25 courses Taught & Assessed Taught; Not Assessed Not Taught; Not AssessedNot Taught; Assessed 21
Application of theory in the world Taught & Assessed: 25 courses Not Taught; Assessed: 1 course Not Taught; Not Assessed: 4 courses Taught & Assessed Taught; Not Assessed Not Taught; Not AssessedNot Taught; Assessed 22 Outcome Focus