Author: Heidi Grant Halvorson
Publication: Harvard Business Review
Date: October 7, 2015
This article and accompanying webtool are aimed at audiences hoping to break down business goals into actionable plans, but with a little tweaking, can serve as a great way to transition from departmental Student Learning Outcomes to assessment plans across courses.
The article and webtool walk the user through breaking down goals into four components, each of which have analogs in the assessment world:
- Goal - A departmental Student Learning Outcome.
- SubGoals - topics relating to the SLO that may be covered in individual courses.
- Actions & Who-When-Where - the actions are the measurable skills students will be able to demonstrate upon mastering the topics outlined in step 2, and the Who-When-Where identify the courses in which those skills are taught and assessed.
- If-Then Plans - the assessments in which the skills from step 3 will be measured.
After completing the process, users can down load a .pdf version of their assessment plan. I'm including an example below for a sample SLO for Biology (click to view the large version):
Try out the webtool here to see how it can apply to your own departmental SLO's.