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Do OU students understand the Learning Outcomes on courses in general and in T176, T192, T193, T194 in particular?

Project leader(s): 
Alan Yate
Faculty: 
STEM
Status: 
Current

Pedagogic issue being addressed: The level of academic literacy needed to understand the meaning and significance of Learning Outcomes and act upon them accordingly which are a part of the student journey and affects all Faculties.

Addressing this issue: Initially to construct a survey to find out the basic data concerning the project title and then use this data to involve a student cohort (probably T176 to begin with.

Impacts and uses:

  1. Impacts : Students become more aware about analysing complex sentences which could help in their analysis of TMA’s, exam questions as well as Learning Outcomes and contributions to employability which would hopefully feed into their writing.
  2. Uses: The results of the project could be used to generate Student Support resources in improving academic literacy such as those offered by the OU library. The project could also be disseminated to other Faculties who are developing new Module materials which will have to have Learning Outcomes as part of the Modules.These will need to include activities which target Learning Outcomes as part of the course – not just a ‘bolt on’ part of the Module. In this way it is hoped that when Learning Outcomes are written, they will be more ‘student friendly’.It is proposed that a web link on ‘key words’ will be generated so that students can easily find the academic meanings of these key words in the Learning Outcomes, initially for Modules T176, T192, T193 and T194. This could be extended to cover key words in other faculties.

Overall Outcomes:

  1. Improve the student learning experience.
  2. Improve AL professional practice e.g. staff development workshops on academic literacy.
  3. Develop the ‘visibility’ of Learning Outcomes for OU policy, training methods.
  4. Engage the wider community of HE educators on a national / international level on the subject of academic literacy and learning outcomes.

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