What are Student Learning Outcomes?
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) are statements of the overarching knowledge, skills, abilities, and/or values students should acquire in a course or program. These broad learning outcomes demonstrate core student understanding and application of a subject. When creating a new course or modifying an existing course, notice the following hierarchy:
- The synthesis of objectives builds up to overarching course-level SLOs (CSLOs)
- The synthesis of CSLOs builds up to overarching program-level SLOs (PSLOs)
- The synthesis of CSLOs and PSLOs builds up to overarching institutional learning outcomes (ISLOs)
Differences Between SLOs and Objectives
Narrow course objectives represent valuable tools, skills, or content that enable students to engage in a particular subject and assist them in building toward and supporting their achievement of broader course-level Student Learning Outcomes. The main difference between SLO statements and course objectives is that SLO statements demonstrate an overarching understanding or application of a core aspect of the course, while objectives are the small pieces of subject matter that build up to the broader SLOs.
SLOs VS Objectives
- ADN11A SLO: Describe the nursing process as it relates to care of the adult patient.
ADN11A Objective: Identify and discuss the
components of the nursing process.
- BIO60 SLO: Identify all organizational levels of human anatomy and understand basic principles of physiology as it applies to homeostasis and disease control.
BIO60 Objective: Compare and contrast the
four basic types of tissue.
- COMM10 SLO: Develop and demonstrate the process of effective public speaking by organizing, writing, and delivering oral presentations for various speech occasions.
- COMM10 Objective: Explain the communication model by identifying how messages are sent and received within a public speaking context.