Frequently asked questions regarding the purpose and expectations of the ITEACH institutional learning objectives.
Institutional Learning Objectives (ILOs) are a set of student learning objectives that provide a holistic view of the types of learning (academic, professional, personal growth) students achieve at UNMC. The ILOs are adapted from the the ITEACH values and are as follows: Innovation, Teamwork, Excellence, Accountability, Courage and Healing.
The ITEACH values specify the values and characteristics that UNMC employees should strive to meet. The ILOs are a student-focused version of the ITEACH values that articulate the values and characteristics that UNMC students should strive toward.
Student learning and development extends beyond gaining knowledge. Evidence of student achievement is not limited to an exam score. UNMC students possess a variety of interests and abilities that provide value to UNMC. The ILOs provides another way to measure where our students are successful while simultaneously measuring how our academic programs are successful in developing ITEACH values in UNMC students. In doing so, ILOs serve as a bridge between student learning and the ITEACH values.
In order to see where ILOs are addressed in a curriculum, ILOs will need to be mapped to current course-, program-, and college-level learning objectives. ILOs should also be mapped to student learning assessments (exams, grading rubrics, etc.). Faculty and staff input and assistance will be instrumental during the ILO mapping process. The Office of Accreditation and Assessment (OAA) as well as the UNMC Assessment Committee will provide guidance regarding mapping best practices.
Curriculum mapping. ILOs will be mapped to different levels of learning objectives (course, program, college, intuitional) as well as to select assessments used throughout a specific curriculum.
The OAA recently purchased AEFIS (www.aefis.com), a cloud-based assessment data management system, that has a curriculum mapping feature. Different levels of learning objective will populate the system and be linked to one another. Therefore, the user will be able to see the hierarchical linkages of a course objective, i.e., course objective linked to programs objectives, to college objectives, and finally to ILOs. AEFIS also offers different dashboard views that allow users to see different schematics, such how many course objectives are linked to one specific course objective, concentration of ILOs within a specific program, etc.
No. The OAA and Assessment Committee have established definitions for each ILO. Each program/college has the flexibility to determine which course(s) and which assessments should be mapped for each ILO.
The Higher Learning Commission, which is the regional accrediting agency for UNMC, requires that institutions a) conduct continuous review of assessment outcomes data, b) demonstrate how different levels of student learning outcomes are connected to one another, and c) assessment data is used for quality improvement in order to help the institution meet it's mission. The ILOs will help UNMC in addressing these requirements.
Also, specialized program accreditation agencies often require that programs and colleges demonstrate how assessment outcomes are used for improving student learning outcomes. ILO outcomes data will provide a new layer of assessment data that can enhance accreditation self-studies.
The OAA and Assessment Committee will conduct annual review of the ILO data and provide feedback and recommendations to programs/colleges.
ILO outcomes data will be available to all program/colleges to review and apply to their own annual program/course reviews and strategic planning. The OAA will use the data to determine how well ITEACH values are incorporated into educational programs.
The OAA and the Assessment Committee will work with individual colleges to address any programs that need to adjust how ILOs are incorporated into the curriculum.