Kent Core Course Approval
To help you with the process described we encourage you to use the Prezi above and the resources below.
The Kent Core provides the foundation of the University's mission to prepare students to live in today's complex, global society through a broad yet purposeful set of courses. It broadens intellectual perspectives, fosters ethical and humanitarian values and prepares students for responsible citizenship and productive careers. Through this learning experience, students develop the intellectual flexibility they need to adapt to an ever-changing world. This works because of thoughtful and purposeful curriculum planning at the course/unit and university levels.
Purpose: A common language of curricula helps students, colleagues, and community to understand the purpose and roles of the different courses involved. URCC will provide the gateway and process for courses to be designated a Kent Core Course. A major step for this process involves translating Kent Core Objectives (http://www.kent.edu/catalog/2010/policies/kent-core.cfm) into student learning outcomes.
As demonstrated in the 2011 Spring Learning and Assessment Institute, utilizing collegial input through a structured conversation offers benefit and efficiency to the process. The FPDC is prepared to assist in this endeavor which you can initiate with a phone call or email to Dr. Jeffrey Pellegrino, 20992. Some facilitation resources:
- Moving the Kent Core Forward by Course documents a process in which an individual or ideally a small group works at translating. A “Balanced Scorecard” encourages members of the group to write outcomes that reflect or acknowledge Students, Teaching, Discipline/ Profession, and Course Management as factors. Although only one SLO is required, a course that shows a rich diversity or addresses less popular Kent Core objectives will be easier to identify as critical in the larger curricular map. So, consider working on at least two outcomes that represent the richness of the experience.
- Connecting Kent Core Objective to Outcomes: a two page primer on KSU students that may help with the Balanced Scorecard
- Creating Learning Outcomes: a web resource on understanding “learning outcomes”
- Kent Core Learning Outcomes Assessment Plan URCC documentation needed for submission
You note that assessment will need to be planned to understand the educational impact of the SLOs across sections of a particular course. Connecting Student Learning Outcomes to Assessment will challenge each unit to be cohesive about the SLO and assessment activities. Utilizing a current Basic Data Sheet or syllabus, teaching faculty or the entire unit need to explore connecting assessment strategies. To help you do this:
- Elements of Learning Outcomes: a short description for looking at SLOs and identifying formative and summative assessments
- Syllabus Activity: sample worksheet to dissect a learning outcome for measurement
- Formative Assessment: examples of formative assessment
- Multi-Section Assessment: examples of strengths and weaknesses for various assessment strategies between a course with many sections
- Association of American Colleges and Universities: VALUE: Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education
- Six Steps to Continuous Improvements of Student Learning: a graphic describing continuous improvement of Student Learning in which we are participating.