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One students interpretation of Intended Learning Outcome statements


Some background for this post. I've been conducting some research as part of my Master of Higher Education course. The research seeks to find out the usefulness of unit outlines for making unit choices. This is only possible because University of Canberra has had a repository for unit outlines since 2010. Students can access these outlines any time and any where they have an Internet connection. In the results of a survey that sought breadth of responses over depth - students commented on almost every section of the unit outline structure. One of the foci was of course Intended Learning Outcomes. One of the responses likened the wording used in learning outcomes to the comic strip above. I saw the serious and humerus side at the same time. On the serious side I (along with many others) have been advocating the use of Bloom's Taxonomy for developing learning outcome statements. Although staff don't have a problem with words like "synthesise", "hypothesising" and "critiquing", it didn't occur to me that students might. Although a quick look at a dictionary would address the issue it might help if students had ready access to a glossary of terms used in unit outlines, even perhaps discipline specific glossaries to account for differences in definition/use of terms between these areas.

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