Student Learning Outcomes
Students, regardless of major, who successfully complete a DIVR course should be able to:
- Understand fundamental knowledge and concepts related to cultural diversity as appropriate to the discipline (WSU LG: breadth of learning).
- Recognize the complexity of elements important to members of a culture in relation to history, values, politics, communication styles, economy, or beliefs and practices (WSU LG: diversity).
- Recognize the sources and limits of one’s own perspective and cultural rules and limitations in relation to the perspectives of others (WSU LG: critical thinking).
- Identify relevant sources of information that demonstrate ways that history, institutions, and/or ideologies shape cultural variation and/or different experiences (WSU LG: informational literacy).
- Evaluate, at an appropriate level, claims or information about cultural diversity based on the sources and the methods used to generate it (WSU LG: information literacy).
- Communicate about cultural diversity in written forms appropriate to the discipline (WSU LG: written communication).
Whether submitting a new course for approval for the first time or submitting an updated course as part of UCORE’s renewal process, faculty should submit a completed DIVR Learning Outcomes Grid along with the course syllabus and supporting assignment prompts/activity descriptions. This grid should clearly demonstrate the relationship among UCORE designator learning outcomes, course learning outcomes, and activities and assignments that support those outcomes.
Faculty are not required to insert this learning outcomes grid into the body of the syllabus. However, per WSU syllabus policy, all syllabi must communicate the course’s student learning outcomes to students. If the course holds a UCORE designation, then that communication should occur with in the context of the UCORE designation’s required learning outcomes (e.g. critical thinking, quantitative reasoning, understanding diversity, etc.).
All UCORE-designated courses are required to include in the syllabus a statement of how the course fulfills the specific UCORE requirement.
Please adapt this DIVR course description for use in your syllabus. If possible, integrate with course specific description.
XXXX XXX satisfies the DIVR requirement for WSU’s University Common Requirements (UCORE), which is designed to help you acquire broad understanding, develop intellectual and civic competencies, and apply knowledge and skills in real world settings. Upon completion of UCORE, you will have the tools needed to seek out information, interpret it, share it, and make reasoned and ethical judgements on a wide array of issues. With these broader goals in mind, XXXX XXX, as a Global Cultural Diversity course, will help develop skills to analyze, interpret, reflect on, and pose questions about differences, similarities, and connections among cultures.
Departments and schools should consider how UCORE student learning outcomes (skill development) map to course level (100, 200, 300, or 400) and design assignments and activities accordingly.
|Courses||Courses often taught at 100 & 200 level; some “shared” with other departments or UCORE, or community colleges (external context)||Courses generally at 300 and 400 level, often taught by the major department (or across depts, especially in interdisciplinary programs)|
|Introduce (I)||Practice (P)||Refine (R)||Competent (C)|
|Levels of Program Learning Outcomes: Content, Skills, and Complexity||Introduce skills and knowledge Practice basics (methods, skills, content knowledge)|
Beginner, collegiate level.
|Practice components to solidify foundational skills and knowledge, build comfort and proficiency (includes practice w/ feedback)||Additional development to refine skills & deepen knowledge; use in more complex, demanding contexts (includes practice w/ feedback)||Apply methods, skills, and knowledge in multiple contexts at an advanced, complex level; know when and where to apply; Graduating senior major level.|
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