Campus Course Learning Outcomes Expedited Project

Timeline

In coordination with the project team, each school and college will be able to develop its own timeline (within the broader 3-year timeline), schedule and submission workflow by which to complete the work. The departmental and school/college governance approvals of course learning outcomes included in this work will occur outside of the normal Lumen Courses workflow.

Instructors will receive further details about the project, timeline and submission process for their respective school, college or department from their unit’s designated point-person(s). Instructors should be in touch with these individuals with questions and concerns.

Scope of Work

Courses and Actions In Scope

  • Adding new course learning outcomes to any “Group Instruction” course (numbered 697 and below) that does not currently have course learning outcomes listed in Lumen*
  • Removing cross-listing for one’s own subject area
  • Removing a course’s “Graduate Attribute” upon submitting course learning outcomes
  • Removing of course’s “Sustainability Attribute” upon submitting course learning outcomes

*Note: Independent study courses and upper level graduate courses (courses numbered 700 and above) are also encouraged to participate and should work with their departmental representative to learn more.

Courses and Actions Out of Scope

  • Changing or adding additional course learning outcomes for a course that already has course learning outcomes listed in Lumen. View instructions on how to change or add to existing course learning outcomes (PDF).
  • Removing a course’s cross-listing on behalf of a cross-listing partner
  • Adding an attribute to a course
  • Study Abroad courses
  • Deactivated courses
  • Courses already in the governance/approval workflow for Lumen

Project Principles

  • Course learning outcomes are core to the student academic experience. They provide key information about course learning and support student learning from course enrollment through course completion.
  • High-quality courses learning outcomes focus on the learner and are “SMART”:
    • Specific and concrete (focus on what students would know or be able to do at the end of the course)
    • Measurable and Observable (avoid vague or fuzzy terms)
    • Achievable 
    • Relevant 
    • Time-sensitive (occurs within the timeframe of the course)
    • Find more guidance on writing learning outcomes.
  • Courses are the fundamental building block for all programs. High-quality course learning outcomes are paramount for this project. Each course learning outcome should be measurable and consistent across all offerings of a course.
  • Institutionally, course learning outcomes are required. They provide oversight of the university’s core mission and values to provide high-quality learning experiences at every level.
  • Course learning outcomes will be outward-facing and will be presented in Guide as part of our Institutional Plan for Assessing Student Learning for HLC accreditation.

Project Community of Practice

The project offers a community of practice for the designated point-people in each school and college who are interested in sharing best practices and collectively problem-solving areas that present challenges. (The group is not meant for instructors or others developing and writing of course learning outcomes.) The community of practice is informal, and it is set up to share strategies and support the project’s work at an operational level. Please reach out to Sara Hagen at sara.hagen@wisc.edu or Mary Thompson at mary.thompson@wisc.edu to participate and be added to the group’s Microsoft Teams channel.