Learning Outcomes

Are Your Students Learning What Employers Need?

Your students come to school to gain an education that will lead to gainful employment. But how can you make sure you’re giving your students all the skills they will need to thrive in the workplace?

Traditional Grades are Meaningless
From an employer’s perspective, having a degree or certificate and a good GPA is necessary, but not enough. Just because a person graduated from college doesn’t mean they actually learned and retained what they need to know. Read more about Are Your Students Learning What Employers Need?

Pressure Increasing on Accreditors to Prove Learning Outcomes

Measuring student learning outcomes is now more important than ever.

Given the increasing tuition costs students are now faced with, there has been an increase in pressure on higher education institutions by the Department of Education (“ED”) to prove that they are providing a valuable education to their students. The ED wants to better ensure students are receiving the caliber of education that will prepare them to be successfully employed in a competitive workforce.

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Using Learning Outcomes for Teacher Performance and Development

Student learning gains, as measured by scores on pretests and post tests, are increasingly being used to evaluate educator performance. Known as “value-added” measuring, student gains are often the primary factor used to select educational staff for rewards or sanctions.

So… is that the best way to evaluate them? And what’s the best way to improve upon their effectiveness? Read more about Using Learning Outcomes for Teacher Performance and Development

The New Common Core Standards and ABE Curricula

The Common Core Standards (CCS) for Mathematics and English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects specify the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for college and career readiness in multiple disciplines. As a natural outgrowth of meeting the charge to define college and career readiness, the Standards also lay out a vision of what it means to be a literate person in the twenty-first century. Read more about The New Common Core Standards and ABE Curricula

The Cost of Student Disengagement

It is alarming that disengaged students represent approximately 18% of postsecondary students. Simply put, disengaged students are less motivated to improve their educational outcomes, and they place less emphasis on their education. It is perhaps no surprise, then, that disengaged students have the poorest educational outcomes, which are costly to the student, the institution, and society. Read more about The Cost of Student Disengagement

How Can You Tell if Your Graduates Will Meet Employer Needs?

Producing students who are properly prepped for the workforce is not only beneficial to the student, it is also representative of the quality of your program. When your graduates consistently have the necessary skills to be successful, the reputation of your school is strengthened and employers are likely to recognize your students as being top candidates. But how do you know if your graduates are really ready to meet employer needs? Read more about How Can You Tell if Your Graduates Will Meet Employer Needs?

Why You Should Measure Learning Outcomes

In order to begin measuring learning outcomes, we need to start with an understanding of why we should be measuring them in the first place.

Let’s consider this from the perspective of all players involved. Read more about Why You Should Measure Learning Outcomes

What is Learning Outcomes?

Do you know if your students really have the necessary skills to be successful in the workplace? John Picone discusses what is learning outcomes and how you can be confident your students are achieving what they should be. 

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Online Education Study: Are Traditional Classrooms Really Better?

It’s a common belief that students who are in the traditional classroom and receive face-to-face education do better than online students. However, I recently came across a study that shows that this may no longer be the case.

The study conducted by Ithaka S+R followed the learning of two groups of students: one group who strictly attended classroom sessions and the other who took the course online plus attended a one-hour, in-person lecture per week. Read more about Online Education Study: Are Traditional Classrooms Really Better?

Improving Student Engagement Tip #2: Engagement Equals Employment

We have been talking a lot about a study Wonderlic and the Imagine America Foundation (IAF) recently conducted  to determine what factors influence student engagement. To a large extent, student engagement occurs when students make a significant, psychological investment in their learning. Student engagement is affected by school resources and student characteristics. Read more about Improving Student Engagement Tip #2: Engagement Equals Employment

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