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Learning Outcomes in Communication

NCA Works to Highlight the Learning Outcomes in Communication

March 15, 2016

Members of NCA’s Learning Outcomes in Communication (LOC) project team recently attended several meetings where our work was highlighted.

At the Association of American Colleges & Universities Annual Meeting in January, NCA Executive Director Nancy Kidd and Director of Academic and Professional Affairs Trevor Parry-Giles organized a session with colleagues from the American Historical Association.  Focused on using learning outcomes across general education and engaging departments in efforts to use learning outcomes for curricular development, this well-attended session brought together provosts, deans, department chairs, and general education directors for thoughtful discussion.

In February, Parry-Giles attended Lumina Foundation’s convening, “It Is All About Learning,” in Indianapolis. NCA was one of two disciplinary societies represented at the event. The group of 60 leaders from across higher education gathered to discuss new ideas and next steps for co-curricular learning, what learning creates, and how we measure learning.

Also in February, Parry-Giles and LOC Project Manager Megan Tucker  attended the Association of American Colleges & Universities’ meeting, “General Education and Assessment: From My Work to Our Work,” in New Orleans. During the meeting, Parry-Giles and Tucker presented “Adapting Discipline-Based Learning Outcomes to General Education,” a poster aimed at helping participants identify Communication learning outcomes, examine the relevance and role of those outcomes for general education Communication requirements, and develop ways to adapt and assess the outcomes for inclusion in general education courses.

In late February, Parry-Giles joined LOC faculty leaders Jonathan Bowman of the University of San Diego and Deanna Dannels of North Carolina State University, along with project facilitator David Marshall of the Institute for Evidence-Based Change, for an LOC workshop at the Western States Communication Association Annual Convention in San Diego, California. The workshop, “Curriculum Mapping and NCA’s Learning Outcomes in Communication,” provided guidance on how to align an established set of learning outcomes with an individual department’s or program’s curriculum and pedagogical practices. Participants learned about the LOCs and explored how they may be aligned with a specific curriculum in the Communication discipline.

Visit the NCA website to learn more about the Learning Outcomes in Communication project, and to download LOC materials.