Engaged Learning Assessment
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 2020-21 academic year, please nonetheless continue to incorporate a comprehensive reflection assignment among the concluding elements of your course: the 2020-21 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Sakai project site entitled Engaged Learning Syllabi.
2) Students/Faculty enter their Engaged Learning placement/experience data into LOCUS.
3) Students respond to a standardized reflection prompt at the end of the semester.
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.
Accessing Student Reflections
Please reference the tutorial linked below to access Student Engaged Learning Reflections on Taskstream.