Supporting your students

Supporting your students to understand the purpose of outcomes and using them to provide definition and clarification for their learning is crucial to their ability to monitor their learning progress and self-regulate.

How to support your students

Before the teaching period

Design learning outcomes that provide a cohesive and clear picture of learning (see how-to: writing learning outcomes) without the need for further clarification or interpretation.

Map course, unit and content learning outcomes against the relevant bodies and frameworks, as well as one another. Ensure that exit degrees are congruent with the overarching degree and qualification levels.

Collaborate with other educators and course leaders to ensure that any assumptions about students’ previous learning, skills or abilities are valid when writing your own learning outcomes. Know your cohort and adjust your own or other units accordingly.

Map assessments to the learning outcomes. Determine where and when particular outcomes are featured in assessment tasks and in assessment criteria to avoid under- or over-assessment.

During the teaching period

Discuss the learning outcomes for the unit with students.

Communicate if and how different learning outcomes will (or won’t) be assessed

Share the planned learning outcomes for each session with students and discuss  what they should be able to know and do at the end of the session.

Reinforce the learning outcomes that are being assessed or addressed in learning activities, providing signposting and reference points for students.

Link learning outcomes to assessment and performance criteria explicitly and frequently so students can see the purpose and value of assessment, and how they are achieving the learning objectives.

Support the development of skills and behaviours specific to learning outcomes. If your unit doesn’t cover models for critical thinking but you have it as a learning outcome, consider how students will be supporting in achieving the outcomes.

Provide opportunities for students to monitor their own progress towards the outcomes through self-evaluation, self-reflection and peer and team assessment opportunities. Relate feedback to desired outcomes.

After the teaching period

Evaluate whether the assessment regime has gathered the evidence of learning that you intended from the outcomes.

Determine if the learning outcomes that all activities and assessments are aligned with are still appropriate for the unit and course.

Revise outcomes, activities, assessment instructions and rubrics by looking at how students interpreted them to complete tasks and review student performance for any areas where learning needs more scaffolding.

What resources and services are available to students

Student Academic Success: Learning and Language Support

Encourage students to seek advice from  learning and language support about understanding the assessment task. Students can have a one-on-one consultation with a Learning Adviser who can assist them with interpreting and analysing the requirements of assessments. They can also learn about time management, including managing multiple assessment tasks across the semester.

Study Support: Study programs

Monash Health and Wellbeing has a variety of study programs for students from PASS (Peer Assisted Study Sessions), Academic English workshops and stress management.