The links on this page are designed for faculty and staff and provide resources connected to the Ten Learning Outcomes.
The Learning Outcomes Initiative at Miami Dade College aims to describe for us, at the institutional level, what
it is that we ALREADY do that works and to create a cohesive narrative of what the institution strives for, a discovery
of the places where our curricular goals converge and diverge and how these realities bring about the overall
success of our students.
Learning Outcomes Project is grounded on the following assumptions:
- Our agreement that there are certain skills, knowledge, and behavior that our students should possess upon
graduation from our institution (our working definition of the Ten Learning Outcomes);
- The long-standing reality that, as teaching professionals, we are interested in how and what our students learn and that, to that end, curriculum review (at the classroom and institutional level) occur on an ongoing basis;
- The findings of educational research and the soundness of the Learning College paradigm for our institution;
- SACS accreditation and accountability.
The LO project describes that narrative of what we already do in several ways:
- Curriculum Mapping which offers a snapshot of a students' complete MDC program experience in
relation to the Ten Learning Outcomes (the skills, knowledge, and behavior we have agreed we value as an institution);
- Current student and alumni surveys, which provide data on how students are acquiring and have
acquired our Ten Learning Outcomes;
- Learning Outcomes Assessment which collects aggregate data on student attainment of the Outcomes
(the assessment does not affect students' graduation and it does not reflect the performance of any one
class, instructor, or program);
- Co-Curricular activities, which are now described in terms of the ways in which they support
students' acquisition of the Ten Learning Outcomes;
- Other measures, including course success rates, retention studies, and student engagement studies, which inform the College's understanding of student learning.