Writing student learning outcomes is a process that involves as many members of the program as possible.
Begin with a brainstorm session in which participants describe what an ideal student should know and what they should be able to do upon completion of a course, certificate, degree or service in the program.
Focus on what the student can do. Don't address what was taught or presented, but address the observable outcome you expect to see in the student. Focus on big-picture, overarching concepts, skills, or attitudes.
Limit your outcomes to the 4-6 most important things a student should learn from your program and courses. These will represent the learning that will formally assess on a regular, ongoing basis.
Consider utilizing internet sources for examples of discipline and program specific student learning outcomes.
Use active verbs. Bloom’s Taxonomy provides a list of possibilities. Be sure to place an emphasis on higher-order thinking skills.
Share the product of your brainstorm with members of your program, including and classified staff where appropriate. Collaborate on developing a definitive set of outcomes that reflect your discipline or service area. Consider how they reflect the characteristics of the students involved.