Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

SLO statements describe the knowledge, skills, abilities and attitudes students learn as a result of taking a class AND what students can DO with what they have learned. SLOs focus on the Big Picture to describe the broadest "over-arching" goals for the course.

Student learning outcomes are not what you are going to do to the student, but rather who, what, know or do as a result of an initiative, course, activity or service. Focus on the student, not the activity. To be measurable, (identifiable vs. countable), outcomes use action verbs such as demonstrate, articulate, illustrate, conduct, define, apply, compose, integrate, convince, create, plan, compare and summarize. Bloom’s Taxonomy is a useful tool for choosing action verbs that accurately describe a desired level of student learning.

Action Verb List

Blooms Taxonomy Cheat Sheet 

Keep in mind three types of outcomes:

  1. Cognitive - knowledge related to a discipline Example: Students will be able to identify major muscles groups.
  2. Skills and abilities - physical and intellectual skills related to a discipline Example: Students will be able to solve calculation problems involving integers without a calculator.
  3. Affective - attitudes, behaviors and values related to a discipline Example: Students will apply effective language learning strategies.

Courses are required to conduct ongoing cyclical assessments every three years, leading to purposeful innovations to improve teaching, learning, and student success. Assessing more than one SLO at a time is highly recommended. 

The link provided below to the National Institute for Leaning Outcomes Assessments is an incredible resource for explanations and examples regarding SLOs:

Complete the following form (Word) to write your assessment.

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