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Proposed Liberal Learning Outcomes

Liberal Learning Symposium

The following liberal learning outcomes were generated by participants in the Liberal Learning Symposia held at FSU Oct.-Nov. 2005. The task was as follows:

  • What are the desired learning outcomes for all of our graduates, regardless of major? (Same question, stated differently: What should all graduates know and be able to do?)
  • Remember our vision statement: “..committed to developing learned and responsible global citizens.”

Liberal Learning Outcomes (summary)

Outcome Symposium Team(s) (click to view)*
Communication 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3
Critical Thinking 1.1, 1.3, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 4.1, 4.4, 4.5
Analytical reasoning 1.3, 2.1, 2.3, 4.3
Cultural awareness/sensitivity/knowledge 1.1, 1.2, 1.2, 1.3, 2.2, 2.1, 2.3, 3.3, 3.4, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5
Self-awareness/self-image 1.2, 1.3
Interpersonal skills 1.1, 3.1, 3.4, 5.3
Ethics, citizenship 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 5.2, 5.3
Broad and deep learning 2.1
Inquiry skills 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 4.3, 5.1, 5.2
Life-long learning, empowered learners 1.3, 3.1, 4.5, 4.4, 4.3
Transfer, integrate knowledge 2.1, 5.1
Technology 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 3.1, 3.3, 3.4, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4
Quantitative skills 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.2, 2.3, 3.2, 4.3, 5.1
Scientific literacy 1.2, 2.2, 3.2, 4.1, 5.2
Health 4.1, 5.2, 5.3
Aesthetic appreciation 2.1, 5.2, 5.3

*Numbers refer to detailed team lists below--e.g., 1.1 = Oct. 26, Team 1

Liberal Learning Outcomes (detail)

Click on italicized outcomes to view proposed assessments.

  1. Oct. 26
    1. Team 1
      1. Read for comprehension
      2. Writing
      3. Think critically - problem solve - analyze - compare - transfer - application
      4. Communication skills - able to articulate
      5. Sensitivity to the various cultures & history
      6. Technical literacy (computation)
      7. Interpersonal skills, knowledge-based
    2. Team 2
      1. Awareness of self witin a larger context (over space and time)
        • Respect for diversity
        • Recognition of commonalities of human condition
        • Awareness and responsibility for social justice
        • Physical and mental health
      2. Ability to communicate
        • Reading (inductive, critical)
        • Writing (clarity, coherence...)
        • Speaking
        • Including numeracy, scientific method, expressive arts
      3. Ability to use resources
        • Critique, process, apply resources
        • Evidence, questioning claims to know
        • Reading
      4. Ability to manage technology
        • Computers and other technolgical devices
        • Knowledge of appropriate software
    3. Team 3
      1. Positive self-image
        • Responsibility
        • Self-management
        • Self-appreciation
        • Goal-setting
      2. Analytical Reasoning
        • Mathematical reasoning
        • Visual analysis
      3. Effective communication skills
        • Reading skills
        • Writing skills
        • Nonverbal communication
        • Second language
      4. Critical thinking
        • Logical, analytical reasoning
      5. Citizenship
        • Appreciation of individual differences
        • Appreciation of other cultures
        • Respect of self and others
        • Appropriateness of communication and behaviors
        • Consequences of + and - behavior
      6. Life-long learning
        • Preparation
        • Continuation
      7. Technology
  2. Nov. 8
    1. Team 1
      1. Communicate effectively in a variety of genres (oral & written)
      2. Be able to research, analyze and interpret information from numerous sources.
      3. Ability to transfer knowledge acress disciplines and apply knowledge in real word settings
      4. Broad and deep learning (AALE)
      5. Acquire knowledge of ethical standards, and be able to translate that knowledge into ethical behavior.
      6. Be able to reason effectively.
      7. Be able to understand and appreciate the arts and aesthetics.
    2. Team 2
      1. Communication skills
      2. Critical thinking and reasoning skills
      3. Diversity and cultural knowledge
      4. Inquiry and research
      5. Ethics
      6. Scientific literacy
    3. Team 3
      1. Ability to communicate orally and in writing.
      2. Awareness and appreciation of Western and non-Western histories and cultures
      3. Ability to acquire information by a variety of methods and methodologies
      4. Ability to assess and validate qualitative ideas using a variety of methods and methodologies.
      5. Ability to analyze, interpret, and use quantitative materials.
    4. Initial Exercise
      1. Write clearly & with style
      2. Acquire info on topic & assess credibility
      3. Knowledge of world history & culture
      4. Critique American culture
      5. Increase cultural awareness
      6. Develop quantitative skills
      7. Learn languages other than English (Chinese, Latino, Arabic)
      8. Learn how to do research using variety of resources.
  3. Nov. 14
    1. Team 1
      1. Communication (oral, read & written)
      2. Critical Thinker (analysis, conceptualization, synthesis, application
      3. Globally responsible citizens (ethical behavior/decision maker based on F.S.U. core values)
      4. Empowered (life-long learners; strong interpersonal skills, team members)
      5. Effective users of technology
    2. Team 2: Our students will be able to
      1. live personally and socially responsible lives
      2. communicate clearly and concisely (written, oral)
      3. think critically (analyze, synthesize, apply; independent; mathematics; deductive and inductive
    3. Team 3: All FSU graduates should be able to
      1. Think critically and communicate effectively.
      2. Gain empowerment through problem solving, scientific literacy, and technological skills.
      3. Possess cultural awareness in order to respect human dignity and exhibit ethical behavior.
      4. Effectively collaborate to develop a collective idea.
    4. Team 4
      1. Evaluate one's own personal attributes and use those to effectively respect and interact w/others.
      2. Use technology to enhance life-long learning.
      3. Apply critical thinking and analytical skills to solve practical problems.
      4. Exhibit cultural, global, and historical awareness.
      5. Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills
      6. Behave with social responsibility and make decisions that are ethically sound.
    5. Initial exercise
      1. Technology competence
      2. Logic and inferential reasoning
      3. Critical Thinking, numeracy, clear communication
      4. transfer knowledge to real world
      5. math, science, problem-solving skills.
      6. scientific literacy
      7. conceptualization
      8. global awareness
      9. ethical behaviors
      10. read and write comprehensively
  4. Nov. 16
    1. Team 1
      1. Critical and logical thinking
      2. Socially and intellectually engaged
      3. Set priorities for physical and environmental health
      4. Adaptability in many environments
      5. Open-minded and sensitive to others
      6. Acknowledgment and recognition of global citizenship
    2. Team 2. The student will be able to
      1. Use effective communication skills (oral/written) in a global society and for a variety of purposes.
      2. Thinking independently, assess the situation accurately, and provide the solution.
      3. Use the language of their chosen communities and thus function in those communities.
      4. Demonstrate ethical behavior in the decision-making process.
      5. Embrace multicaultural environments and become life-long learners of multicultural perspectives.
      6. Use technology for learning, communication, and on-the-job productivity
    3. Team 3
      1. Ethics and social responsibility permeate the curriculum so that students will understand and their roles and responsibilities in all their xxx
      2. Communicate effectively in writing, in speech and visually.
      3. Information and technology literacy
      4. Students will develop quantitative and qualitative analytic skills.
      5. Students will learn to work collaboratively.
      6. Students will become culturally sensitive, fitting them for a diverse and globl culture.
      7. Students will become life-long learners.
    4. Team 4
      1. Demonstrate effective communication.
      2. Demonstrate life-long learning.
      3. Demonstrate critical and constructive thinking with the capability of communicating intellectually in a global world.
      4. Demonstrate an ability to apply technological learning in communication.
      5. Demonstrate an understanding and appreciation for diversity.
      6. Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of individual values and their choices in society.
    5. Team 5. Students will
      1. Demonstrate effective verbal, written and communicative research skills.
      2. Effectively apply critical thinking skills across disciplines.
      3. Apply necessary skills to pursue lifelong learning.
      4. Demonstrate awareness of cultural implications upon interpersonal relations.
      5. Students will be ethically and socially responsible.
    6. Initial exercise
      1. Cultural respect
      2. Global interconnectedness
      3. Communication skills
      4. Appreciation of commonalities rather than differences
      5. Scientific method
      6. Life-long learners in a technological world
      7. Ethical decision-making
      8. Analytical and quantitative thinking
      9. Consider community perspectives
      10. Critical thinking
  5. Nov. 19
    1. Team 1
      1. write and speak effectively and clearly
      2. To retrieve, store, and collect knowledge effectively
      3. Education as a transformational process
      4. Quantitative and qualitative skills (analysis, critical thinking, etc.)
    2. Team 2
      1. To Cognitive/aesthetic/moral insights
      2. Communicative skills
      3. Inquiry skills
      4. Identify and solve problems
      5. Mental and physical health
      6. Instill scientific methods
    3. Team 3
      1. Articulate the relationship between one's self and others.
      2. Demonstrate flexibility in spoken and written communication among diverse audiences (groups, communities, and organizations).
      3. Analyze and respond actively to what is read and to what is heard.
      4. Maintain physical and emotional well-being.
      5. Identify choices beneficial to the student and to society.
      6. Taking responsibility to continue to learn and to create change.
      7. To appreciate and nuture the aesthetic and natural beauty.
    4. Initial
      1. Awareness of one's own culture leading to awareness of another's culture.
      2. Bridge the academic and aesthetic worlds.
      3. To think and write critically.
      4. Problem-solving: scientific and other processes.
      5. Information and inquiry skills.
      6. Become vehicles of change and innovation--adaptability.
      7. Learning to work cooperatively.
      8. Knowledge of one's own body/environment.
      9. Math and science knowledge.
      10. Body/mind.
      11. Leadership and followership.

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