UPDATE: Engaged Learning Assessment during 2021-2022

Please note that the next Engaged Learning Assessment cycle will begin during the 2021-2022 academic year. Students will not need to submit their Engaged Learning reflections until then.  

Assessment data collected during 2015-16 is proving very helpful to the Engaged Learning (EL) Subcommittee of the Board of Undergraduate Studies as we continue to refine the University’s Engaged Learning requirement. (See link to executive summary below.) Following this initial assessment, the Subcommittee will institute a three-year assessment cycle. Although we will not be reviewing students’ final reflection assignments until the 2021-22 academic year, please nonetheless continue to incorporate a comprehensive reflection assignment among the concluding elements of your course: the 2015-16 assessment has demonstrated that such an exercise invites students to reflect more deeply and make meaning for themselves regarding their experience of Engaged Learning in your course. We offer a modified version of our standardized assessment-reflection prompt (shown below) as a model.

Loyola University Chicago Mission Statement:

“We are Chicago’s Jesuit, Catholic university – a diverse community seeking God in all things and working to expand knowledge in the service of humanity through learning, justice, and faith.”

Holding in mind the University’s mission statement, please compose a written reflection of at least two double-spaced pages that explains:

  • How did you connect your in-class and out-of-class Engaged Learning experiences?
  • How did your Engaged Learning experience help you connect to the University’s mission?
  • How did the Engaged Learning experience in this course affect your personal, intellectual, civic, and/or professional development?

Here you can view the Engaged Learning Assessment Executive Summary from the 2015-2016 year.  

If you have any questions about the reflection assignment, or about Loyola’s EL requirement in general, please don’t hesitate to send us an e-mail at engagedlearning@luc.edu.

Assessment of the Engaged Learning University Requirement involves a three-pronged approach that includes both faculty and students:

1) Faculty submit their course syllabus each semester to the Digication Program Assessment titled Engaged Learning Syllabi Assessment (see guide below for details).

2) Students/Faculty enter their Engaged Learning placement/experience data into LOCUS (click the accordion below or follow this link HERE).

3) Students respond to a standardized reflection prompt at the end of the semester and upload their reflections to Digication under the Engaged Learning Student Reflection Assessment.

A review committee composed of Loyola faculty and Academic Affairs staff will review these submissions to evaluate whether students are meeting the articulated outcomes of the Engaged Learning University Requirement, shown below:

Engaged Learning Outcomes

Building on participation in an engaged learning course (defined as a structured project or experience of service-learning, an academic internship, professional fieldwork, undergraduate research, or a public artistic performance), a Loyola student will be able to:

1. synthesize out-of-classroom and in-classroom learning through reflection

2. relate the experience of engaged learning to intellectual, personal, professional, and/or civic development

3. connect the engaged learning experience to the mission of Loyola University Chicago to 'expand knowledge in the service of humanity through learning, justice, and faith.'

[Approved February, 2013 by Engaged Learning sub-committee of BUS]

Questions involving the assessment process? Contact EngagedLearning@luc.edu.

Documenting Engaged Learning in LOCUS

Loyola University Chicago encourages all students to complete an Engaged Learning class to document their site and project information and learning objectives in LOCUS. This information is used for institutional research and documentation; however, most important to you, it is used for risk management/insurance purposes and to substantiate your fieldwork experience. Follow the instructions on this webpage to enter your information. If your organization is not present in LOCUS, please skip to 2:30 in the video tutorial for instructions to request the organization be added. Any Loyola University Chicago departmental work will be present under the department's name.‌

Digication Faculty Syllabi Assessment Guide

Engaged Learning Course Syllabus Collection

Faculty instructors are encouraged to submit their syllabus for the Engaged Learning course(s) they are teaching into the Digication assessment portal. The syllabi will be reviewed to see how the Engaged Learning components of the course are articulated, especially in regard to:

  • Connecting Engaged Learning to clearly articulated learning outcomes
  • Explaining the Engaged Learning experiences clearly in the syllabus
  • Integrating reflection assignments (both formative and summative) throughout syllabus

 How to Self-Enroll in the Engaged Learning Syllabi Assessment in Digication (Faculty)


Video Tutorial HERE

Login to Digication

1) Using the left-side navigation menu, select the “course” page

2) Beneath the Course and Assessment group area you’ll see the “Join a Course, Assessment Group or Community” icon, click it.

3) Here you’ll see enrollable courses- select Engaged Learning Syllabi Assessment

4) You’ll be asked for a password at the bottom right of the screen. The password for the Engaged Learning Faculty Syllabi Group is: syllabi

2) How to Submit Syllabi in Digication (Faculty)

1) On your dashboard, click the thumbnail for your assessment group.

2) In your assessment group, click the "Assignments" tab.

3) You'll see a Summary View of all available assignments. Locate your assignment, and click the Step 1 link. If you've already made a submission to this assignment, choose the next available Step for multiple syllabi (if applicable, not all faculty will have more than 1)

4) Scroll down to the "Evidence Added" section, and click "Choose Files" to add your submission. 

Once it's uploaded, your file will appear as a link under the "Evidence Added" header.

5) Scroll to the bottom of the page and click "Save and Submit" to complete your submission. 

You'll then see a date and time stamp for your submission.