Student learning outcomes. The mention of them can make the best student affairs professionals want to pull their hair out. The process of creating and measuring SLOs can be daunting. How do we write them? What do we decide is best for our students? How do we measure them? And of course we all know how important they are to our work. They are meant to help us measure effectiveness of student learning, and to help justify what we do. They are created to help guide us in leading students to have the skills, abilities and competencies we deem appropriate for them to gain while they are with us.
Reflective learning can inform how to write and measure student learning outcomes (Guthrie & Bertrand Jones, 2012). Following Kolb’s Cycle of Learning can be a helpful guide in creating or re-creating your student learning outcomes. Additionally, the Cycle of Learning can help with qualitative measurement of your student learning outcomes.
To further explore how Kolb’s Cycle of Learning can inform your practice contact Sara to schedule a session.
Guthrie, K.L., & Bertrand Jones, T. (2012). Teaching and learning: Using experiential learning and reflection for leadership education. New Directions for Student Services, 140, 53-63.