But are these ILOs just for show and for satisfying the "light touch" regulators and global accreditors? Are the intentions actually delivered?
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What we do not want to do in Higher Education is to:
"put the notes of the lecturer into the notebooks of the students without passing through the minds of either"
But the methods by which we test whether students have actually achieved the ILOs rely on key skills to be developed and honed whilst at University. These skills are quite basic and include:
- Organising yourself - the key cause of plagiarism is poor time management and poor organisation of source materials.
- Communication (written and oral) which is the way in which we let others know the depth of our knowledge and clarity of our arguments.
- Finding Information - OK so, not so basic in the era of the intranet, but todays millenials have been practisining this for years and still coming up short.
- Analysis - of the information found. This is the skill of organising your research, thinking about what it actually means, keeping or discarding it and communicating your insights.
Oh, it looks as if I have written the assessment criteria for nearly every degree programme.
So, isn't it about time lecturers took as much time in developing skills in these things, rather than imparting ever more "knowledge" that will be out of date by the time students graduate?