PDT102 - Designing and Assessing Learning Outcomes

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Subject Title
Designing and Assessing Learning Outcomes

Subject Description
This module provides participants with the skills and knowledge to develop and assess measurable learning outcomes for use in adult learning environments. The focus is on developing skills to design learning outcomes and to evaluate the effectiveness of outcomes on student performance. Extensive time is allotted for participants to practice these skills during the session.

Credit Status
This subject is a credit towards the Excellence in Educating Adults Recognition of Achievement program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Define learning outcomes and reasons for use in adult learning activities.

2. Design outcomes based on four key aspects to guide adult learning activities.

3. Develop methods to evaluate if learning outcomes have been achieved.

4. Develop and present measurable learning outcomes for a course he/she teaches and which correspond to the format presented in this module.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Topic Outline
In Class

1.   Key concepts in Learning Outcomes
2.   Four components of Measurable Outcomes
3.   Cautions Using Outcomes
4.   Identifying Ineffective Outcomes
5.   What Kinds of Outcomes Do I Use?
6.   Achieving Your Outcomes
7.   Where Do We Go From Here? 


1.  Definitions
     *  CSAC (College Standards Accreditation Council Guidelines) generic skills

2.  Blooms Taxonomy

3.  Developing Learning Outcomes
     *  3 types
     *  Learning Activities
     *  Effective LO's
     *  Action Verbs
     *  Learning Design Checklist
     *  Levels of Objectives
     *  Process for determining objectives
     * Worksheet

Mode of Instruction
In Class

1.  A six hour workshop.
2.  In-class discussions, group discussions, and skills application and practice.
3.  Assigned readings.
4.  A written post-module assignment.


1.   Co-operative/Small  group strategies
2.   Journals/Magazines/Websites
3.   Research Assignment
4.   Lecture/Socratic Discussion

Prescribed Texts

Reference Material
Mager, R. (1984).  Preparing Instructional Objectives. California: Lake

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
In Class

The assignment is to be completed within 2 weeks following the module.  Details to be provided in class.


The assignment is to be completed within the module.  Details to be provided by instructor.

Approved by: Barb Shannon