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Professional Development


  • Developing a Clear Goal Statements for Your Course:

    Course goals set out the benefits students will derive as a result of the course.

    . Find the answer to the question, “What personal benefits have former students in this course derived?” Sources for this information are direct (former students who’ve completed the course) and indirect (colleagues, Dept. Chair or Dean, Institutional Effectiveness Office). Obvious answers are:
     - this is a required course, so students’ benefit = advancing in their degree program
     - this course will provide them with tools needed to succeed in their chosen fields
    Less obvious answers might be:
     - my best friend is taking this course, and I want to hang with him
     - my parents want me to be a doctor, so I have to take this course
    Here, the concept of student motivation is important because students who recognize personal benefits are generally more motivated as learners.

    2. Cull the list so that only the most generally applicable benefits are included.

    3. Include the list as part of your syllabus and preface it with a statement that engages students’ interest in reading the list. Here’s a start: “You may wonder, as other students have, how you will benefit from taking this course. That’s a good question, and there are some good answers. . . .”

    (by Mark Ferrer, Santa Barbara City College)