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Teaching Excellence Seminar:
Student-Centered Learning Outcomes

Lorin W. Anderson
Carolina Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of South Carolina
August 28, 2008


If there was just one thing you would want your students to learn from your course, what would that be? This single question is the basis for identifying student-centered learning outcomes. Learning outcomes describe the measurable skills, abilities, knowledge or values that students should be able to do or demonstrate as a result of completing a program of study, a course or lesson.

This seminar focused on:

  • The common structure of learning outcomes
  • Deriving instructional strategies
  • Complimentary responsibilities of faculty and students in achieving learning outcomes

You know what you expect your students to learn. This seminar helps communicate these expectations to your students.

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Lorin W. Anderson is a Carolina Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of South Carolina, where he served on the faculty from August, 1973 to his retirement in August, 2006. He holds a Ph.D. in Measurement, Evaluation, and Statistical Analysis from the University of Chicago, where he was a student of Benjamin S. Bloom. While at the University of South Carolina, he taught graduate courses in research design, classroom assessment, curriculum studies, and teacher effectiveness. He is the senior editor of and contributor to A Taxonomy of Learning, Teaching, and Assessing: A Revision of Bloom’s Taxonomy of Educational Objectives, which has been used since 2005 to revise academic standards in South Carolina and North Carolina. A collection of his scholarly papers was published in 2004 under the title Inquiry, Data, and Understanding: A Search for Meaning in Educational Research. He is member of the International Academy of Education.

This seminar is sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence and the College of Education. For more information, please visit, e-mail or call 803-777-8322.

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