ERIC Number: ED382275
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-May
Quantifying Learning Outcomes: A Gentle Approach.
Lind, Donald J.
In fall 1993, Coffeyville Community College (CCC) in Kansas announced the implementation of a new program known as Quantifying Learning Outcomes (QLO), one component of the college's Student Outcomes Assessment Plan. QLO calls for a clear articulation of CCC's goals regarding instructional support materials within the next 6 to 12 months; the revision of all course syllabi to include clearly stated instructional competencies and outcomes; the use of pre- and post-tests in every class using test items indexed back to specific learning outcomes; and on-going investigations of both student achievement and the level of appropriateness of course competencies and outcomes. To accomplish these objectives, in-house training and resource materials were made available to all faculty. In addition, PC-based TRACKER software was developed to assist instructors in developing, categorizing, and analyzing instructional competencies and outcomes. TRACKER provides an easy method of maintaining student records concerning what outcomes have been achieved. TRACKER's investigations package enables instructors to run simple numerical and statistical tests on classroom data. The document includes a discussion of the terminology used in current instructional paradigms; a brochure explaining the QLO program; and an instructional booklet for faculty on the TRACKER system. (KP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Materials presented at the Annual International Conference of the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development on Teaching Excellence and Conference of Administrators (16th, Austin, TX, May 22-25, 1994).