Student learning outcomes (SLOs) are course objectives centered on the students as opposed to more traditional faculty-centered or course-centered expressions. SLOs do not describe what faculty want to teach or what the course will cover, but what the student will be able to do once the student completes the course.
GenEd and Program SLOs
Windward Community College’s assessment database was previously housed in “home grown” software. This assessment database was used for scoring and storing all of WCC’s learning outcome data. The first dashboard represents WCC’s AA in Liberal Arts, which are the college’s (GESLOs) and Institutional SLOs (ISLOs). The second dashboard represents program SLOs (PLOs). All data are from 2012 through 2019.
As assessment has grown and morphed over the years, our assessment database has been moved to the Aqua platform. Data from 2020 onward will appear in a separate dashboard.
Course SLOs should be aligned with the broader outcomes of the college, such as degrees, certificates, and the college Mission. Faculty should use classroom activities, such as group work and class discussions, as a way of helping students to reach course SLOs. Faculty should also use assessments, both formative and summative, as a way of measuring whether students have reached those SLOs.
Course-level SLOs can be assessed with either direct or indirect methods. Direct methods may include portfolios, capstones, performances, embedded assignments, student self-assessment, and tests. Indirect methods may include surveys, interviews, focus groups, and ethnographic research. The choice of method will depend in part on the SLO that is being assessed.