Writing and Assessing Student Learning Objectives: Tips,
Techniques, and What Our Community Needs
This is a brief summary of the Cosmos in the Classroom conference discussion of Student Learning Objectives (SLOs), increasingly being required by college and university administrations and accreditation agencies around the country. In many cases, professors and instructors are writing these (and then developing instruments to assess them) with no assistance from anyone and little sharing of information during or after the process. We encouraged participants to bring copies of their own SLOs and tools for measuring how effective they were in achieving them. In both plenary and small group discussions, we examined how each of us grappled with SLOs and how we might coordinate efforts regionally and nationally, including the ongoing suggestions of setting up a national library of Astro 101 SLOs.