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Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic)


Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic)

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Learning Outcomes Framework 

Queen's University prides itself in providing an engaging student learning experience in a research-intensive environment. The Learning Outcomes Framework is the blueprint used to plan, document, and collate the richness of the student learning experience. At Queen's, learning takes place in the classroom, in laboratories, online, through co-curricular opportunities, and in the social experiences shared between students. 

Read the Queen's Learning Outcome Framework  

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. What are learning outcomes?
Learning outcomes are statements that describe significant and essential learning that can be reliably demonstrated at the end of a degree, program, or course. They identify what a learner is expected to understand, value, or demonstrate.

2. Why has Queen’s developed a set of university-wide learning outcomes?
Queen’s has developed a set of institutional learning outcomes to guide faculty in program development and review, assist students in developing learning goals and articulating their learning, integrate curricular and co-curricular experiences, and to highlight the distinctiveness of a Queen’s education.

3. How were the learning outcomes developed?
A Working Group of the Provost’s Advisory Committee on Teaching and Learning undertook an extensive process of consultation and a review of research. The development process included an environmental scan, faculty board presentations, focus groups, survey, an employer scan and strategic document alignment. Additionally, program-level and accreditation outcome mapping was undertaken to ensure alignment. 

4. How are the learning outcomes used?
The learning outcomes are used by faculty for program development purposes and as part of the cyclical review process. They are also used by students to guide the development of learning outcomes throughout the course of their degree, as a framework to aggregate their learning (e.g. through the use of e-portfolios), and to articulate their learning upon graduating and entering the professional sector. The outcomes are meant to reflect the distinctiveness of a Queen’s education, while applying to students in all faculties, programs and degree levels.

5. Do the outcomes span both curricular and co-curricular learning?
Yes, the learning outcomes are intended to reflect both academic and co-curricular qualities, integrating them into one coherent framework.