LOA Principles and Procedures

CELT and the Teaching and Learning Committee of Senate were tasked with identifying an assessment plan for institutional and program learning outcomes. On June 7, 2019 the Teaching and Learning Committee of Senate approved the establishment of a Learning Outcomes and Assessment Taskforce (LOATF) with the purpose of creating principles and procedures along with associated resources that will establish an approach to the development, monitoring, and regular review of program and course learning outcomes and assessment.

Six guiding principles emerged from a collaborative review and synthesis of external and internal sources between Fall 2019 and Winter 2021:

  • Growth and learning oriented
  • Purposeful and holistic design
  • Equitable and learner centred
  • Rigorous, ongoing cyclical improvement
  • Faculty driven
  • Reflexive approach to learning

Foregrounding this review was a strong desire to establish principles that are relevant and meaningful to faculty and students; as such, LOATF will bring forward the draft principles to TRU’s nine faculty councils and the TRU Students’ Union Student Caucus for consultation in Fall 2021. The draft principles reflect research-informed practices and foundational TRU policies relating to collegial governance and student success and include consideration of academic freedom and faculty autonomy. A draft of the Learning Outcomes and Assessment Principles and Procedures will be available for review in early September.

The Learning Outcomes and Assessment Principles and Procedures (draft, in faculty council review) are intended to serve as a guide for faculty members and curriculum committees, to foster holistic curriculum planning and design, as well as continuous quality improvement that leads to student achievement and success.

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