Dimensions of Learning
The college has expanded on what its means by learning in its “Dimensions of Learning” found in the section of the handbook “Focus on Learning”. The dimensions of learning affect institutional, program and course student learning outcomes. The college sees learning as multiple dimensional and encompasses the following areas:
Workplace readiness and general skills
Content knowledge/discipline-specific knowledge and skills
“Soft Skills” (Noncognitive Skills)
Student Engagement with Learning
The dimensions of learning should play as major role in the design of student learning outcomes and administrative objectives; development, selection and delivery of curriculum, instruction and services; and design and analysis of assessment evidence.
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Student learning outcomes need to be explicated stated at institutional, program and course levels. The SLOs specify what students are intended to learn and provide the criteria for assessment. Appendix B provides detailed information on SLOs and developing program mission statements, goals and SLOs to support quality instruction.
Three worksheets have been developed to assist in assessment design, delivery and reporting of results at the college. The worksheets can be found in Appendix A.
Worksheet Academic #1: Mission and Outcomes Development Worksheet
The worksheet provides steps to link the programs mission with the overall mission and strategic goals of the college and develop program outcomes.
Both the program mission and outcomes should be developed in conjunction of a review of the college’s “Dimension of Learning” and Bloom’s taxonomy (found in “Focus on Learning”).
The mission statement and program outcomes should reflect realistically what students will be able to know, think, do and value during their time at the college.