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Student Learning Outcomes: Primary Drivers of Course Design
Basic Communication Course Annual
  • Samuel P. Wallace, University of Dayton
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The Basic Course Forum
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) should be the core around which every college course is centered. As a result of taking this course: What should students know? What should they be able to do or to demonstrate? What should students value? Perhaps most important, How should students be changed or affected by taking this course? Effective course planning is made possible when these outcomes are focused and specific, and when the outcomes themselves are a high priority of the course. In spite of this maxim, student learning outcomes have not always been the primary driver of the design(s) of the basic course in Communication.
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Samuel P. Wallace. "Student Learning Outcomes: Primary Drivers of Course Design" (2014)
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