Resources for Effective Teaching
Taking the time to think through and clearly articulate in writing what students should learn, how it will be learned, and how to measure if it was learned will add value to any course. In fact, it is one of the most beneficial preparatory actions a teacher can make. This web page is designed to help you write student learning outcomes for your course.
Links to UNM Resource Pages:
The University of New Mexico Outcomes Assessment: This link takes you to the Outcome Assessment Homepage where you will be able to navigate the UNM assessment timeline, program and general education assessment, a program assessment flow chart and a general education course assessment flow chart.
Establishing Learning Goals and Outcomes: This document helps you to identify and articulate course goals and use the handy checklist at the end to assess your work.
Goals versus Outcomes: Distinguish the difference between goals and outcome by viewing these examples.
Bloom's Taxonomy of Learning: This table lists the cognitive process on Bloom's taxonomy. Also featured for each cognitive process is a description of what the learner does, action verbs for writing outcomes, and examples.
Workshops Related to this Topic (check the OSET events calendar for upcoming offerings):
(Conducted in partnership with Outcomes Assessment)
Defining, Assessing, and Using Learning Outcomes for Your Course
FacNet Resources – UNM faculty who are happy to help in this area:
UNM faculty have volunteered to offer one-on-one advice about writing student learning outcomes and will welcome you to watch them in their classrooms. Contact OSET and we will make arrangements for you to meet.
Click here if you would like to volunteer your expertise to colleagues by joining FacNet.
Links to Useful Resources Outside UNM:
9 Principles of Good Practice for Assessing Student Learning: Addressed in this short paper are nine practices teachers should keep in mind when assessing student learning.
Student Learning Outcomes 101: This short PDF includes useful hints for writing student learning outcomes and a checklist to evaluate outcomes; University of Rhode Island.
Articulate Your Learning Objectives: A short guide for writing measureable learning objectives that are student centered; Carnegie Mellon.
Assessment Handbook: The University of Massachusetts online handbook accessible to faculty to aid in writing outcomes for courses and degrees. Just follow this link and click on the assessment handbook link provided on their website.