IDST Program Level Essential Learning Outcomes

Interdisciplinary Studies Mission

Interdisciplinary Studies provides a framework for supporting innovative, boundary-crossing inquiry among students and faculty across campus as well as in wider intellectual and social communities. IDST coordinates existing multidisciplinary minor and emphasis programs and provides guidance and support as new programs are envisioned and established. IDST programs promote instructional excellence and offer a variety of courses and events that enhance the overall academic experience at Utah Valley University.


Outcome #1: Interdisciplinary Studies enhances students' intellectual and practical skills foundation (ELO #2)

A student will acquire a foundation of intellectual and practical skills including communication, quantitative reasoning, qualitative reasoning (critical, analytical, and creative thinking), and technical and information literacies.

 

  1. Goal 1.1: Communication. Students write and speak effectively in a variety of settings (ELO 2.1)
  2. Goal 1.2: Qualitative Reasoning. Students approach complex problems from diverse perspectives, considering alternative solutions (ELO 2.4)

    Means of Assessment: review course syllabi for evidence of interdisciplinary literacy activities (reading and writing assignments, research projects, etc.); review student portfolios for outcome competence and value added.

 

Outcome #2: Interdisciplinary Studies develops students' professional competencies (ELO #4)

A student will demonstrate professional competence by meeting the established standards of the discipline, working as a valued member of a team, effectively formulating and solving problems, and actively seeking and honing lifelong learning skills.

 

  1. Goal 2.1: Integrative Learning. Students explore connections among disciplines by creating and posing reasonable solutions to theoretical and/or applied problems (ELO 1.1, 4.1)
  2. Goal 2.2: Ability to Adapt and Change. Students refine and broaden knowledge and skills (ELO 4.4)

    Means of Assessment: review course syllabi for evidence of interdisciplinary problem solving activities (reading and writing assignments, research projects, etc.); review student portfolios for outcome competence and value added.

 

Outcome #3: Interdisciplinary Studies supports students' information literacy skills (ELO #2)

A student will acquire a foundation of intellectual and practical skills including communication, quantitative reasoning, qualitative reasoning (critical, analytical, and creative thinking), and technical and information literacies.

 

  1. Goal 3.1: Information Literacy. Student work demonstrates an ability to to access, process, and deliver information; to access information ethically, legally, effectively, and efficiently; to evaluate the credibility of information (ELO 2.4)
  2. Goal 3.2: Technical Literacy. Student work demonstrates an ability to adapt to and utilize emerging technologies, such as online research databases (ELO 2.5)

    Means of Assessment: review student portfolios for outcome competence and value added.

 

 

 last updated 15 march 2017