Fostering Dialogue

It is important to allow enough time for brainstorming and discussion – dialogue and inquiry are the most important parts of the SLO process, so this stage should not be rushed.

Goals for dialogue:

  • Sharing content expertise, teaching methodologies, teaching activities
  • Exploring future improvements
  • Overcoming shared challenges
  • Collaborating on authentic and valuable assessments
  • Analyzing assessment data
  • Strengthening departmental collaboration
  • Building interdepartmental collaboration and communication

Creating dialogue opportunities

Dialogue, robust discussion, and analysis can take place in a multitude of venues including, but not limited to:

  • Email exchange (including shared documents)
  • SLO-specific course instructor meetings
  • SLO-specific program meetings
  • SLO-specific departmental meetings
  • SLO-specific interdepartmental meetings
  • College-wide professional development
  • External professional development
  • Teleconferencing or Skype
  • Phone
  • Website review and commentary

Dialogue, robust discussion, and analysis benefits from a diversity of collaborators:

  • Instructors of the same course (at CCSF)
  • Faculty and staff within our department
  • Faculty and staff from related programs/departments
  • Faculty and staff from across the college
  • Faculty and staff from other colleges
  • Students
  • External agencies
  • Community members