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Writing and Assessing Student Learning Outcomes for Social Justice Education

Index #1010

Level of Experience: Beginner
Session Track: Race and Social Justice in Higher Education

Faculty and student affairs staff who teach social justice education content in curricular or co-curricular settings are often asked to demonstrate their impact on student learning to compete for attention and resources. Not only is there pressure to demonstrate what students are learning, regional accreditation associations are beginning to require universities to annually assess all curricular and co-curricular learning experiences on campus. This pre-conference institute will prepare attendees to create measurable learning outcomes and associated assessment strategies that collect data on student learning related to your curricular courses or your co-curricular workshops and programs. Specifically, attendees will learn the basics of learning assessment, best practices for writing student learning outcomes, skills to map learning outcomes to components of educational experiences, and strategies to create qualitative and quantitative learning assessments using rubrics and learning surveys. This institute is very hands-on and will utilize mini-lecture, small group activities, and large group “show-and-tell” as we practice developing learning outcomes and assessment tools that you can begin using when you return to campus. This session should particularly benefit staff or faculty with little experience with learning assessment who want (or need) to assess student learning within courses, workshops or programs, as well as professionals who want to use learning assessment to inform and improve the design and implementation of your educational experiences.


D. Scott Tharp, MSW, Assessment Coordinator, Division of Student Affairs, DePaul University, Chicago, IL