Essential Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Cycle

ESLO Description 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21
1 Communication X
2 Inquiry & Analysis X
3 Ethical Reasoning X
4 Teamwork X
5 Quantitative Literacy X
6 Diverse Perspectives X

2016-17

Assessment of Communication Essential Student Learning Outcome


ESLO 1: Oregon Tech students will communicate effectively orally and in writing.

Definition: Communication is the creation, development, and expression of ideas. The Communication ESLO differentiates between oral and written communication. These forms of communication operate much the same but differ in the criterion Style and Delivery because of their differing forms of expression. These forms of communication involve purposeful presentation designed to increase knowledge, to foster understanding, or to promote change in attitudes, values, beliefs, or behaviors, or to build relationships.

Criteria for Communication Assessment

The following are criteria used in the assessment of student work for oral and written communication:

 Oral Communication

  • Purpose: Focus and connections made in presentation of evidence.
  • Audience: Adjustments in presentation made for differing levels of knowledge and expectations among listeners or conversational partners.
  • Evidence: Support provided by research and disciplinary knowledge.
  • Genre and Disciplinary Conventions: Adjustments in structure and order made for various fields and forms of presentation.
  • Style and Delivery—Oral Communication: Techniques including posture, gesture, eye contact, and vocal expressiveness, as well as skill and knowledge in conducting dynamic exchanges.
  • Visuals: Support provided by visual presentation integrated with oral content.
  • Self-Assessment: Justification and support of choices made in oral communication.

Written Communication

  • Purpose: Focus and connections made in presentation of evidence.
  • Audience: Adjustments in presentation made for differing levels of knowledge and expertise among readers.
  • Evidence: Support provided by research and disciplinary knowledge.
  • Genre and Disciplinary Conventions: Adjustments in structure and order made for various fields and forms of presentation.
  • Style—Written Communication: Control of syntax and mechanics, as well as craft in choices of phrasing, vocabulary, grammar, usage, and structure.
  • Visuals: Support provided by visuals integrated within written content.
  • Self-Assessment: Justification and support of choices made in written communication.

Criteria for Assessment Selection—Oral Communication

To confirm that your course is appropriate for this assessment, please review these selection criteria:

  • The assessment will focus on individual, rather than group, speech presentations.
  • The course should be upper division, preferably at the senior level, and must occur after SPE 111 in the curriculum map.
  • The speech presentations must be five or more minutes in length.
  • The speech presentation must include visuals.
  • The speech presentation must count for a grade for the course.
  • The presentation must generally fit with the Oral Communication criteria defined above (rubric will be provided by the end of fall term).

Criteria for Assessment Selection—Written Communication

To confirm that your course is appropriate for this assessment, please review these selection criteria:

  • The assessment will focus on individual, rather than group, written samples.
  • The course in which the assessment occurs must occur after WRI 122 in the curriculum map.
  • The written samples must be three pages or more in length, with research/citations included.
  • The written sample must count for a grade in the course.
  • The written samples must generally fit with the written communication criteria defined above (rubric will be provided by the end of fall term).

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