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Writing SLOs


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Consider the Following Basic Features of SLOs:


  •    SLOs use action verbs.
  •    SLOs aim at higher-level learning and are not content specific.
  •    SLOs capture the big-picture; the overall, basic purpose.
  •    SLOs capture what students are supposed to do.
  •    SLOs ask students to apply what they have learned.
  •    SLOs can be assessed.


How To Write SLOs


1.  Consider a fundamental attitude, knowledge, skill or ability that your student will hopefully internalize by the end of your course.  Describe what your student is ABLE TO DO now that s/he has internalized this.


2.  Use action verbs to describe this outcome. 


3.  Write this in a way that can be assessed—directly or indirectly, qualitatively or quantitatively—someway, somehow.


4.   Make sure that the outcome assesses higher-level learning, as opposed to memorization, identification, repetition, etc. (see Bloom’s taxonomy below for a description of higher-level learning and the words used to describe it).



Examples of Course Specific SLOs


  • History: Students will be able to critique and defend America’s foreign policy.
  • Biology: Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze evolutionary theory. 
  • Speech: Students will demonstrate the ability to create, and effectively present, professional and engaging persuasive speeches.
  • Math: Students will apply algebraic concepts to everyday problem solving.
  • Cultural Anthropology: Students will learn how to compare and contrast different models explaining the origin, relativity and function of cultural norms.
  • Psychology: Students will demonstrate the ability to create hypotheses about human behavior from the standpoint of various schools of psychology.  


Bloom's Taxonomy


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