Learning Outcomes Framework

What is a Skoltech Learning Outcomes Framework and why do we need it?

Skoltech designs its education following the CDIO approach, an outcomes based methodology developed in the CDIO Initiative. Click to read more about CDIO.

Skoltech started by formulating a high-level vision of the graduates through addressing the following questions:

  • What kind of graduates does Russia and the world most need?
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses in the Russian context?
  • What particular strengths will our programs address?

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The vision was then translated into learning outcomes.

The Skoltech Learning Outcomes Framework has been validated with stakeholders and used as an instrument for defining and declaring program and course learning outcomes. Each credit-bearing learning activity will specify its contribution towards these goals.

The next step was to design curriculum elements – courses, projects, or other credit bearing learning activities. Each curriculum element aims to achieve and assure students’ attainment of the intended learning outcomes through appropriate teaching and learning activities and assessment procedures. In this manner, each course has a specific function in the program, making explicit contributions toward the overall learning outcomes.

The Skoltech Learning Outcomes Framework is presented in the publication by Crawley, E.F., Edstrom, K., and Stanko, T. (2013) ‘Educating engineers for research-based innovation – creating the learning outcomes framework’, Proceedings of the 9th International CDIO Conference, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Cambridge, Massachusetts, June 9 – 13, 2013.

The Learning outcomes framework states on a high level the vision of what our graduates should be able to do as a result of a Master program. It is structured into four sections:

  1. DISCIPLINARY KNOWLEDGE AND REASONING
  2. PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES – THINKING, BELIEFS AND VALUES
  3. RELATING TO OTHERS – COMMUNICATION AND COLLABORATION
  4. LEADING THE INNOVATION PROCESS

The Learning Outcomes Framework will be used as an instrument for defining and declaring program and course learning outcomes. Each credit-bearing learning activity will specify its contribution towards these goals.

The Learning Outcomes Framework is comprehensive but not prescriptive. It is not intended to make all programs and graduates alike. Master programs can be designed to achieve different emphasis within the framework. Individual students can specialize within the framework, depending on the choices they make for their electives.

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