NCA’s Lumina Foundation-funded Learning Outcomes in Communication (LOC) project sponsored a convening on October 1, 2016, in Indianapolis, Indiana.
The LOC project is a faculty-driven initiative designed to articulate the core of the Communication discipline through a set of learning outcomes. The LOCs are meant to stimulate meaningful conversations among faculty members about enhancing curricular development in the interest of improving student learning. While this work is fundamentally about improving student learning, it also provides a clear articulation of the relevance of the discipline.
Over the duration of this project, NCA held a number of LOC workshops and informational sessions at the NCA Annual Convention and at regional conventions around the country. Because these workshops and sessions were beneficial for attendees, we decided to host the Learning Outcomes in Communication Convening on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. This one day convening featured programs led by individuals from NCA’s LOC project and the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA). Programming focused on the LOCs as a resource for Communication professors, departments and programs, the place of Communication in General Education, LOCs in the context of assessment and accountability, and how to best use LOCs to advocate with administrators for the relevance of communication in institutions of higher education.