Identifying Practical Activities that Bridge the Gap
and Identifying Common Learning Outcomes
IUPUI Multicultural Teaching and Learning Institute
April 23, 2009
Identify Potential Common Ground
Potential Areas for Synergy
Identifying Common Learning Outcomes
Modeling a Process
Identify Potential Common Ground
The appreciation of difference
No definitional consensus
Not central – mainstream
Shared nature of the work
Shared learning outcomes
Ingredients of Success
Visible leadership by president & chief academic
Committed leadership throughout the institution
Widespread faculty engagement
Diversity and Internationalization as top
Policies and practices aligned with the priority
A commitment to identifying and meeting
students’ learning needs
A culture of assessment
Mentoring programs that pair international and
domestic minority students
Themed residence halls
Senior diversity/multicultural officer with
Senior management team that incorporates diversity
and international leadership
Campus committee(s) charged to “bridge the gap”
Faculty incorporating diversity and
internationalization into pedagogy and syllabi
Rewarding faculty for “bridging the gap”
General education requirements that reflect shared
nature of work
Knowledge & content oriented
Attitudinal & sense of being
“Learning outcomes are the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and
habit of mind that students take with them from a learning
Suskie, L. (2004). Assessing student learning: A common sense
guide. Bolton, MA: Anker Publishing Company.
Learning Outcomes and Assessment
Specify learning outcomes
Review learning opportunities to see if they
are addressing these outcomes
Develop and implement a plan to assess
student achievement of outcomes
Make improvements in learning opportunities
based on the findings
Basic questions addressed by Learning
Outcomes & Assessment
1. What do we want our students to know and be
able to do? (knowledge, skills, attitudes)
2. Where would students acquire this knowledge
and these skills and attitudes?
3. What is our evidence that students are actually
achieving these outcomes?
Identifying Common Learning
Outcomes – Group Exercise
Review the list of outcomes, supplementing as you
wish and then identify three from each category.
Rank those three
Share your rankings and try to reach consensus about
those outcomes most important for your graduates
Reflect about and discuss your group process
Prepare to share with the full group
Questions raised by a list of
For what academic context are these outcomes intended? Are
they intended for all students within this context? Is it
realistic to think that even a subset might achieve them?
How can an institution know whether it offers appropriate
and sufficient learning opportunities for students to achieve
If it does not, does the institution have in its faculty the
requisite knowledge, skills and attitudes to be able to create
such learning opportunities? What resources are available to
them to do so?
Review outcomes statements.
Identify relevant curricular or co-curricular
Note which specific courses or co-curricular
programs address the outcomes.
Review the matrix to see to what extent the
outcomes are addressed.
Potential Discussion Questions
Which outcomes are addressed in several places? How
might integration of student learning between these
diverse learning opportunities be enhanced?
Which outcomes do not seem to be adequately
addressed? What courses might lend themselves to
revision in order to address these outcomes?
What additional curriculum or co-curricular
development work may be necessary to ensure that
students are achieving these outcomes? Who needs to be
involved? How might they most effectively be engaged
and supported in their work?
Assessment Strategies Round-Up
What assessment methods are currently in use at
your institution that might be adapted for
purposes of demonstrating evidence of the
Reporting Back to Full Group:
What are the most promising assessment
methods that might be adapted?
BRIAN K. BRIDGES
VICE PROVOST FOR DIVERSITY,
ACCESS AND EQUITY
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