THE OUTCOMES PRIMER:
by Ruth Stiehl and Les Lewchuk
Reconstructing the College Curriculum 3e
The OUTCOMES Primer (now in its third edition) emerged from sketches on whiteboards and flip charts in our work with community colleges throughout the US and Canada. What you see in The OUTCOMES Primer is the collaborative thinking of hundreds of faculty on many different campuses with whom we have worked to identify learning outcomes at the institution, program, and course levels, revise curriculum planning templates, create capstone assessment tasks and assessment tools, and map programs to establish stronger relationships between courses. Fully illustrated (for visual learners), this third edition of The OUTCOMES Primer includes the most recent research on effective staff development strategies.
THE OUTCOMES PRIMER:
Reconstructing the College
93 pages. Composite coil bound
The Learning Organization
. . . our whole purpose is to reduce the confusion around "outcomes" . . .
Part 1 Envisioning Learning With a Crayon
"Never invest in anything you can't draw with a crayon."
Part 2 Vision to Design: Reconstructing From the Outside In
"It's as simple as asking four questions. It's answering them that's hard."
Part 3 Terms and Templates
"We are all pattern seekers and pattern-makers."
Part 4 Forces of Change: Confronting Confusion
"No, outcomes are not the same as competencies. (Thank goodness!)"
Part 5 Forces of Change: Surviving the Curriculum Reconstruction Process
"Here's what we are learning through our research and practice."
Part 6 Background Readings
- Clear conceptual framework for outcomes planning and assessment
- Proven strategies already being used widely in colleges
- Creative activities for moving faculty out of the box into systemic thinking
- Step-by-step guides for facilitating curriculum planning sessions
- Illustrations and templates to help envision outcomes
Dr. Ruth Stiehl is best known in college circles as a thought leader in the area of systemic thinking as it applies to learning outcomes and assessment. Currently, Ruth works with the White Water Institute for College Instructional Leadership, Astoria, Oregon.
Dr. Les Lewchuk uses the outcomes and assessment process to assist faculty, curriculum and technology developers to address the evolving patterns of learning. Trends toward less predictability and how we deal with skill development and make sense of the world is a prime focus.
For a more complete author bio, please see About Us