Why do we need ELOs? Why aren't course grades enough?
Although course grades and Essential Learning Outcomes both identify what our students have learned, the way we gather that knowledge, and what it tells us, differs. Below is an easily comparable list to better highlight the differences between the two.
How course grades differ from ELO assessment
*Formative-learning is measured and feedback is given to individual students on their progress in one course. *Grading criteria- varies among faculty, may include measures not directly related to learning (such as getting a lower grade if assignments are turned in late) *Grades: usually involves only one faculty member evaluating an individual student's coursework. *Results: Only shared with individual students throughout the semester on an assortment of assignments for the same area of concentration
*Summative- learning is measured anonymously for a collective of students from many courses and disciplines (for example, the group may consist of courses mapped to Civic Responsibility in Fall 2017). *Grading criteria: uses one common rubric for all assignments for a given ELO, measures learning only. *Grading: involves 3 faculty members assessing anonymous work from courses they do not teach. *Results: shared college wide. intended to promote discussions.