Sunday, May 29, 2016

"Student Ignorance Outcomes"

Aren't SLOs (Student Learning Outcomes) unreasonably optimistic about
teaching? I mean language goes into many syllabi now with phrases like
"students will have mastered . . ." Some are truly preposterous, as in
"students will have learned how to live the good life." If the teacher
can use the future perfect tense this way, and the outcome is already
determined, why bother to have SLOs at all? I think SIOs would be
accurate, as in "Student Ignorance Outcomes." Language could include
various future conditional tenses like "For innumerable reasons,
students may have failed to master . . . Students who failed the
course might have wished they learned how to . . . " Can't we get
creative about the future past?

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