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وزارة التربية والتعليم العالي

Writing Learning Outcomes

Session Objective and Expected Outcomes:
This session aims to discuss and exchange good practices on writing and making use of learning outcomes.
By the end of the session a participant would:
o understand the Bloom taxonomy
o be initiated to Anderson taxonomy
o understand the concepts behind the description of the courses and programmes by their outcomes
o be able to define the outcomes of a programme
o be able to define the outcomes of a course
o be able to relate the outcomes of the courses to the outcomes of a programme
o be initiated on the definition of the appropriate assessment for an outcome
o be initiated on the definition of the appropriate teaching methodology relative to an outcome

Session Presentations and Practical Results
The session was divided into two parts:
A presentation part and a practical part.
Two presentations were provided by Dr. Declan Kennedy on writing learning outcomes and on connecting them to learning and assessment.
7 course descriptions in different scientific domains and in English were taken from the Internet and translated to French. Only a short description of each course and a brief description of its content were provided to groups of 5 to 7 professors. Each group has completed a series of Learning Outcomes and were presented in the discussion
session. A quick guide and a list of verbs were also provided to the groups in two languages. These materials were posted on this page before the session and might be downloded from the background documents section downwards.

Dr. Kennedy's presentations (1, 2) and suggested readings (1, 2, 3)
Exercises: 1, 2, 3
Resulting Learning Outcomes: 1

Date: June 29, 2012

Place:Ministry of Education and Higher Education (12th floor)

Programme:
8h30 – 9h00        Welcome coffee and networking
9h00 – 9h45        Writing Learning Outcomes
                     Dr. Declan Kennedy
9h45 – 10h45        Practical – Experimenting Writing Learning Outcomes
                     Parallel sessions
10h45 – 11h15        Presenting the Defined Learning Outcomes
                     All
11h15 – 11h30        Coffee break
11h30 – 12h00        Learning Outcomes and Assessment
                     Dr. Declan Kennedy
12h00 – 12h45        Practical – Assessment Methods for the Defined Learning Outcomes
                     Parallel sessions
12h45 – 13h15        Discussions
                     All

Some background documents:
Writing Learning Outcomes:
- Writing and Using Learning Outcomes: a Practical Guide D. Kennedy et al.
- Learning Outcomes: A Practical Guide R. Beaumont

Quick Guides:
- St Edward University Learning Outcomes QuickGuide and Checklist
- St Edward University Learning Outcomes QuickGuide and Checklist (in French)
- Acquis de Formation
- Bloom taxonomy verbs (En, Fr)

Studies About Learning Outcomes:
- AHELO project (OECD) (1, 2, 3)

Acknowledgment
This training seminar is supported by the European Union Tempus Programme and by the Lebanese Directorate General of Education and Higher Education.