Student Awareness

4-5 pm -- January 11, 2013 -- S136 -- Increasing Student Awareness of SLOs -- 27 participants

How do we ensure our students are aware of course and service outcomes? Join a group brainstorm and sharing of ideas. If you have developed good strategies, please join us and share.

Group Facilitators: Katryn Wiese, Andrea Niosi, and Kathleen Mitchell

Small group formation: -- in each – discuss and record:

Good ideas for DEMONSTRATING STUDENT AWARENESS (gathered before, during, and after workshop and added to as more good ideas become available) -- in no particular order.

  • Student focus groups – gathers data for assessment PLUS improves student awareness (Using course SLOs to foster student engagement. Share PSLOs with student focus groups and gain insight about effectiveness of student services)
  • Have SLOs on first-day handout/syllabus – on separate colored paper stock – bring to every class! Then take 5 minutes at the end of every class and sit in groups and check off the SLOs that they have covered each week.
  • During review for test, pull out syllabus – discuss which SLOs were appropriate and why. Students engage with day-one document a few weeks later. Student group discussion. Did I learn this?
  • Study guides for individual modules and units with a list of SLOs.
  • Excel spreadsheet for each project (student handout) – starts with description of what we’re learning (+ specific outcomes) + grading rubric. Students use it for notes and to follow through on project. Get it back with grade later. SLOs are right there.
  • Ask regularly, why are we doing this?
  • Warn students that they will get email/survey asking if they’ve read and are aware – so go find it and be prepared!
  • Ask students what’s the first outcome they expect from the course this semester as a start for discussing actual outcomes.
  • In a sequence class, such as 4A, 4B ,4C, 4D – ask in 4B about the SLOs for 4A – how comfortable does each student feel about these SLOs? Acquired? No? Next class?
  • Grading rubrics with SLOs attached.
  • 1st day sign-in sheet with the SLOs on it that everyone has to sign
  • SLO quiz at start of semester
  • Extra credit questions on first quiz/exam
  • Start class activities with list of applicable SLOs – add a final question to assignment where students rate their acquisition of SLO.
  • Department survey at beginning with SLOs -- gathers feedback from students on possible SLO refinement AND makes students aware of the course SLOs. Examples:
  • Checklist/signed form/survey with favorite SLO or SLO-related questions.
  • End-of-workshop SLO review as assignment and/or quiz (sample from Library Learning Resources)

Challenges...

...students don't remember much from first week anyway! Must incorporate SLOs into entire semester and just keep at it.

Evidence…

...surveys, forms, assignments, etc.