Student Learning Objectives (SLO) and the Transformation of the Learning Experience


The University of Washington has embarked on a project designed to identify learning objectives for its undergraduate learning experiences across the entire university. Educational transformation has been inhibited by the limited suite of metrics available to keep track of student progress. Credits have served as the critical measure of progress; requirements about how many of which kind serve as the rules. The SLO initiative offers an additional set of metrics, one which is designed to enable, rather than restrict, the transformation agenda. The Web front-end for this project represents a significant technological innovation in this arena.

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