Find out how CAQC is promoting the use of learning outcomes
Student Learning Outcomes
Learning outcomes are statements that describe what learners should be able to know, to do, and to value as a result of their learning experience.
Alberta Forum on Post-secondary Student Learning Outcomes
The Alberta Forum on Post-secondary Student Learning Outcomes took place at Mount Royal University in Calgary on 18 May 2016. Building on existing initiatives within the Alberta post-secondary system, the goal of this event was to focus on and broaden the discussion of the extent to which establishing and assessing student learning outcomes can enhance student learning. The forum was jointly organized by:
The Alberta Council on Admissions and Transfer
The Campus Alberta Quality Council
Ministry of Advanced Education
It was also supported by the Provosts and Senior Academic Officers of the Alberta post-secondary institutions.
As a truly Alberta-wide forum, its participants included:
Approximately 120 attendees from the 35 Alberta ACAT member institutions
Members of CAQC and ACAT
Advanced Education staff
Participants included institutional representatives from each of the six Campus Alberta sectors, attendees from First Nations Colleges, and attendees from private institutions.As a follow-up to this important event, we have posted below the Forum report, which includes all of the presentations, as well as additional reading resources, and a link to videos of the entire Forum.
Ontario Universities Council Symposium on Learning Outcomes Assessment
A related symposium took place in Toronto, Ontario on 17-18 October 2016. With ministry support, CAQC co-chair Dr. Peter Mahaffy was able to attend the Ontario Universities Council on Quality Assurance’s Learning Outcomes: Evolution of Assessment symposium. A link to the symposium website, along with a report on the symposium written by Dr. Mahaffy and Council member Dr. Paul Gooch, can be found below.
Summary of Alberta’s response to CMEC Learning Outcomes Survey
In Advanced Education’s work through the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC), a national questionnaire about learning outcomes was circulated to publicly-funded post-secondary institutions in Alberta in July 2016.
The summary report on Alberta is available below. More information will be available once Advanced Education receives the national data-set collated by the CMEC Secretariat. The ministry will then use the pan-Canadian data to pursue a conversation about learning outcomes in Alberta within the context of post-secondary education in Canada.