Good eye! Although AEFIS is NOT a fan of using abbreviations on its assessment platforms, our users in the education field tend to already understand what these abbreviations mean from constant use. If you are not sure what they mean, have no fear, AEFIS is here!
CLO - Course Learning Outcome
A Course Learning Outcome is a formal statement of what students are expected to learn in a course. Course learning outcome statements refer to specific knowledge, practical skills, areas of professional development, attitudes, higher-order thinking skills, etc. that faculty members expect students to develop, learn, or master during a course
Assessing Student Learning: A Common Sense Guide, Linda Suskie, Anker Publishing, 2004Lewis, Marianne, et al. “Defining Program-Based Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) and Translating Them Into a Curricular Structure.” University of Cincinnati, The Center for the Enhancement Teaching & Learning (CET&L), 2009,
PO - Program Outcome
Program outcomes represent broad statements that incorporate many areas of inter-related knowledge
and skills developed over the duration of the program through a wide range of courses and experiences.
They represent the big picture, describe broad aspects of behavior, and encompass multiple learning
“ Program Learning Outcomes.” Exchange, gototheexchange.ca/index.php/curriculum-at-a-program-level/program-learning-outcomes.
IO - Institutional Outcome
The knowledge, skills, abilities, and attitudes that students are expected to develop as a result of their overall experiences with any aspect of the college, including courses, programs, and student services.
“Institutional Student Learning Outcomes.” Glendale Community College, 2017, www.glendale.edu/about-gcc/faculty-and-staff/learning-outcomes/institutional-learning-outcomes.
SLO - Student Learning Outcome
Student learning outcomes or SLOs are statements that specify what students will know, be able to do or be able to demonstrate when they have completed or participated in a program/activity/course/project. Outcomes are usually expressed as knowledge, skills, attitudes or Values.
Boyd, Marie, and Tom Vitzelio. A Guidebook to Student Learning Outcomes And Administrative Unit Outcomes .