Assessing Generic Intended Learning Outcomes

Introduction

The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK) is committed to the development of educated citizens who can make a difference in local and global communities. To achieve this, the University has integrated seven Generic Intended Learning Outcomes (GILOs) into all its programmes. The seven GILOs are problem solving skills, critical thinking skills, creative thinking skills, oral and written communication skills, social interaction skills, ethical decision making and global perspectives. Students are provided with various opportunities through learning and teaching activities and co-curricular and service learning activities to develop these generic competencies. To provide evidence-based achievement, the EdUHK has developed a self-assessment instrument to reflect students’ level of achievements on most of these generic intended learning outcomes.

The aims of this self-assessment instrument are to:

  • identify students’ achievements of GILOs;
  • understand the development of students’ generic competencies at EdUHK;
  • provide suggestions and recommendations for the enhancement of learning and teaching at EdUHK.

A Student Individual Report generated from the data of this instrument will provide each student with a personalized report of their generic competencies that allows students to reflect upon their own learning experiences and learning progress during the period of their study at EdUHK. In addition, reports will be generated to demonstrate a general picture of students’ GILOs at both the University level and programme level. The University and programme reports also provide suggestions and recommendations for the enhancement of learning and teaching.

Implementation

The self-assessment item bank was designed by the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (LTTC), the Assessment Research Centre (ARC) and the Student Affairs Office (SAO). LTTC is responsible for the implementation of the project with the ARC and the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO). All full-time undergraduate students admitted in 2012-13 onwards would be invited to complete a pre- and a post-test questionnaire in their entry and final year of study, respectively.