Identify Intended Learning Outcomes

The assessment and evaluation process begins by helping instructors or program managers identify the intended learning outcomes (cognitive, attitudinal, and behavioral) of a class or a project. Those outcomes are then refined and operationally defined to make them measurable.

Intended learning outcomes lay the groundwork for a meaningful assessment.  For example, an intended learning outcome of "students will demonstrate team leadership skills" should lead to an assessment where these skills are observed or documented in some manner.  Similarly, an intended learning outcome of "students will be able to develop Matlab code to help solve authentic engineering problems" should lead to an assessment that includes the elements to measure that skill.

Intended Learning Outcomes are discussed extensively in the Teaching Materials section of this website.