ILO Working Groups Update for Spring 2024

Here are some brief status reports for our ILO Working Groups:


Alice Jenkins

The ILO groups were beginning to form, and we did not have anyone to lead the communication group, so I volunteered to take the lead for this group. To get us started, I created a team group to hold all our documents and minutes: (Communication ILO – Working Group | General | Microsoft Teams).  I sent out an invitation to all faculty members inviting them to our first meeting which was held on May 22, 2024. The goal of this meeting was to organize and form our group. All participants were asked to complete a brief survey to find commonalities of what communication skills they taught, how those communication skills were taught and how those communication skills are assessed. We also polled the best time to meet as a group. We spent time reviewing KWAs collected during all BC Community Day (April 18, 2024) and added more KWAs to the list. We reviewed/discussed definitions, examples of communication outcomes and rubrics. One of the accomplishments from the first meeting was that we have an official Communication ILO Group (anyone who is interested is welcome to join). We do have others faculty members supporting and taking part in this group but were unable to attend the meetings. Current Communication ILO Group Members:

  • Alice Jenkins
  • Stephanie Hurst
  • Jamie Gayden
  • Eve Norling
  • Peggy Hardt
  • Mari Brunson
  • Melissa Massie
  • J. Engel Szwaja-Franken
  • Rick Mangan
  • Katrina Atiya Malkin

Our next meeting was held on June 7, 2024. We agreed that this would be the last meeting for this quarter. We spent the bulk of the meeting time reviewing a draft that Stephanie Hurst had put together, “Communication Institutional Learning Outcome Draft “. We had input from Russ and from Rebecca who thought this first draft was a great start as well as a good place to end this quarter and pick up in the Fall Quarter 2024.

Our next meeting is scheduled for Friday October 4, 2024 @1:30 pm via zoom; please join us .

Critical Thinking

Russ Payne

The Critical Thinking group met four times in Spring Quarter. We started our conversation with some self-study, sharing what specific Critical Thinking skills we teach in our various disciplines. This led us to generating a first draft of a Critical Thinking Skills map:

We look forward to editing and expanding this with input from more colleagues around campus in the Fall.

We have also looked to outside sources to expand and develop our understanding of Critical Thinking. This included discussion of the AAC&U rubric for Critical Thinking (linked below) and discussion of some definitions of critical thinking collected in Jonathan Haber’s short volume Critical Thinking (Defining Critical Thinking linked below).

The Haber volume has been a great resource. We will feature another book group on based on this volume through the Faculty Commons next quarter. Meanwhile, copies are available to borrow from the Faculty Commons.

Cultural Diversity

Anthony Tessandori

We are working on the Cultural Diversity ILO.  Through several discussions it has become clear that there are many different ideas of what cultural diversity is and what it should include.  We have also come to see that the DDR can also play a role in how we define the KSAs for this outcome.  

The plan is to continue to review department level outcomes from departments that have an interest in this outcome.  These departments include but are not limited to: Anthropology, Sociology, Psychology, CES, and World languages.

To be inclusive of all interested parties, while also maintaining some control over what courses can claim cultural diversity is proving to be very difficult.  Some of the questions we are hoping to answer: 

  1. How do we shape the ILO so that it isn’t duplicating the requirements of the DDR?
  2. Should the ILO and or the DDR be changed so that other aspects of social justice can be included? 
  3. On the other side how do we define classes that will focus on cross-cultural understanding/cross-cultural exposure .

Quantitative Reasoning

Fatma Serce

We worked on the quantitative reasoning ILO and developed a draft of the KSAs. Please find the document attached.

During our second meeting on May 16th, the faculty suggested sending these KSAs to all instructors teaching quantitative reasoning courses. They can then select the ones that align with their courses, helping us refine the minimum required KSAs for quantitative reasoning. We also discussed the certification process, dashboards, and alternative rubrics. The related documents are also attached:

As the next steps, I recommend sending a survey to all faculty teaching QR courses to identify the KSAs that fit their courses. We also need to continue discussing certification and assessment alternatives with all faculty.

Information Literacy

Elena Maans

Librarians Michelle Schewe and Elena Maans-Lorincz held a Listening Session open to all faculty, on June 6th. It was attended mainly by librarians and faculty who are doing Information Literacy work already in their courses, a few already with librarians.  The goal of this listening session was to update the faculty on the timeline of this ILO and to provide a space for feedback.  After this session the leads for this ILO will work with the librarians and faculty across campus to determine which classes should be the pilots for this ILO and to by then have the KSA’s for the Info Lit ILO for those classes drafted and ready to be assessed after the pilot.   One point of feedback to be discussed and figured out in fall quarter is whether it would be the English courses to be doing this ILO, given they may be the best classes for the Communication ILO and even Critical Thinking.  A point was made that one discipline should not be responsible for so many ILO’s when it could be put into other courses and programs on campus. 


Christina Sciabarra

General consensus is that yes we need to include this, but the question is how.  The mechanism for requiring the Gen Eds remains something that makes envisioning this one more difficult, but not impossible.  Over the summer I am going to map out the classes that likely offer at least one outcome related to sustainability/climate justice/empowering just transitions.  Sonya is interested in working on this over the summer with me. I am also going to pull data to show where we are at so far with the climate justice project and how that can work with the Gen Ed.  Main takeaway is – yes, let’s do this, just no sure how yet.

Creative Thinking

Pete Ophoven is going to take over this Gen Ed.  He has a great framework and plan for moving this forward that will make it inclusive of more than just one area of study.

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