Learning Outcomes Part 2

Posted in Teaching on December 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Following on from yesterday’s post here are some additional thoughts that occurred to me overnight. I have often heard it said that arguing against learning outcomes is indefensible because to do so implies that you have some problem with academics being asked to have clearly stated aims for their courses, and clearly stated expectations of their students …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 15 December]


Learning Outcomes – A confession

Posted in Teaching on December 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Over the last three years I have been responsible for guiding quite a few proposals for new academic programmes through the various validation and accreditation processes required in DCU. In all cases, I, along with my colleagues on faculty teaching committee, have carefully scrutinised documents for evidence of strategic fit, viability and academic coherence …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 14 December]

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Learning Outcomes – not my cup of tea

Posted in Teaching on January 19th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Learning outcomes are ‘statements that describe significant and essential learning that learners have achieved, and can reliably demonstrate at the end of a course or program. In other words, learning outcomes identify what the learner will know and be able to do by the end of a course or program’ …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 19 January]


From Learning Outcomes to Personal Corpus tools

Posted in Teaching on August 24th, 2013 by steve

“I wonder what future historians will make of our current ideas about education. I wouldn’t be surprised if they pay particular attention to our obsession with ‘learning outcomes’ …” (more)

[Improvisation Blog, 23 August]


University Sector – Teaching

Posted in Teaching on April 18th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Stephen S Donnelly asked the Minister for Education and Skills the work that has been done to assess, analyse and improve teaching outcomes in universities here; the tangible actions that have been planned for the next 12 months as a result; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 17 April]

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The Holy Grail of learning outcomes

Posted in Teaching on March 4th, 2012 by steve

“The search for the Holy Grail one-size-fits-all test to measure learning gains started in the US with the Collegiate Learning Assessment, but the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) wants to take it global …” (more)

[John Aubrey Douglass and others, University World News, 4 March]

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The bureaucratisation of learning

Posted in Teaching on February 21st, 2012 by steve

“… The concept of ‘learning outcomes’ is a good example: a concept that completely misunderstands the process of learning by assuming that when you dress inputs as outputs something profound will happen. Learning should engage and stimulate the learner, and the result may (and in an ideal world will) be something unexpected …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 21 February]

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Living with outcomes

Posted in Teaching on November 18th, 2010 by steve

“Recently I was having a conversation with a small group of academics from different universities. One of them began to talk about course materials he was working on, and in particular about ‘learning outcomes’ he was having to identify as part of that; and so the conversation turned to the usefulness or otherwise of this way of looking at things …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondyznski, University Blog, 18 November]

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