Assessing Student Learning in Higher Education
Writing Your Own SLOs
1. REALIZE –you have been doing this all along, operating from intuitive and professional experience; the task is to communicate and articulate your goals, outcomes, and criteria.
2. Select your favorite course or program. Take the online Angelo and Cross Teaching Inventory Test to see if your teaching correlates with what you value: http://www.uiowa.edu/~centeach/tgi/index.html
3. Now that you have considered your values and practices think about the course or program dynamics. The box below can be downloaded as a worksheet by clicking here.
4. As the expert in this discipline and course, begin by thinking about the 5-7 most important things a student should leave your class being able to DO. 5-7 may not seem like enough, you may have 20-50 objectives for a course - but these represent the 5-7 things you will assess - most people would not want to assess and make public 20-50 different objectives.
5. Spend 15 minutes brainstorming, write down words that express knowledge, skills, or values that integrate the most important aspects of your class.
BRAINSTORM: In the boxes below briefly list words or descriptions of attitudes, skills, or knowledge that you would like your students to know or do as a result of this course or student services program.
6. Use active verbs and the domain charts to craft sentences that are clear and assessable (measurable).
7. Use the checklist to compare your SLOs to some criteria.
8. Share these draft SLOs with other faculty to sharpen the focus.
9. Compare the SLO drafts with:
Resources and Links
Sample Standards from Professional Groups
Student Services Assessment
Distance Learning Assessment
SLO Checklist (html)