Once the essential course, or program, objectives have been identified, methodologies selected, and assessment types established, we must then translate our expectations and goals into the concrete actions we expect of students to be successful. In other words, we must teach students how to be successful in every course by giving them a “roadmap” to navigate by.
Clearly defining and explaining essential course and program components serves multiple functions. As we clearly inform students of requirements up-front…
- Instructors and programs can maintain expectations without lowering our standards.
- Problems based on ‘misunderstanding’ are avoided
- Students approach assessments and learning material with greater confidence.
- Students are empowered to anticipate and accommodate some of their own needs.
Regular and measurable feedback continues to guide students along the road by…
- Enabling students to accurately evaluate their own performance
- Illuminating the need for corrective action in a timely manner
- Familiarizing students with the assessment techniques that are unique to each instructor.