Outcomes-based Teaching and Learning

OBTL is focused on ensuring that our graduates acquire a specified set of skills and attributes, or Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO), identified by Baptist as fundamental to our “whole person education” principle. These ILOs are citizenship, skills, creativity, knowledge, learning, ethics, teamwork and communication.

The ILOs essentially determine the content of our curriculum, our teaching methods, and the assessment process we use to ensure that our graduates meet our exacting standards. The ILOs also provide a framework for curriculum evaluation.  

At the macro level, this entails that courses’ ILOs constructively integrate programs’ ILOs. At the micro level, a student will be made fully aware of the ILOs specific to a course, and can expect that the Teaching & Learning Activities and the Assessment Methods are designed to assist them achieving these ILOs.

Assessment is an integral part of learning and teaching. We use Criterion-reference assessment (CRA), a main tenet of OBTL, as our standard for assessment. CRA is the process of evaluating and grading the learning of students with preset criteria used as benchmarks to measure the ability of a student to reach a particular standard, thus certifying the reliability and validity of students’ achievements.

Rubrics, essentially a table or a matrix matching criteria and descriptors to a grading scale, set expectations for student performance by clearly defining and communicating the standards of learning expected for any specific activity.