The Intentional Curriculum model for enhanced student
learning is comprised of three elements:
- explicit learning outcomes, which are what the
faculty want the students to know and be able to do
- strategic learning design, which is how faculty
will develop learning opportunities to achieve learning outcomes
- meaningful assessment, which measures if
students are learning what faculty want them to learn
The curriculum and assessment cycle has five stages,
beginning with the curriculum map. The curriculum map identifies where and to
what extent each learning outcome is introduced, reinforced, and mastered in
The curriculum map is the starting point to develop assessment
questions, which identify what you want to know and why you want to know it.
Then, you develop an assessment strategy based on the assessment questions. The
assessment strategy is designed to systematically gather evidence of student
The process then moves into data collection. Once data is
collected, you will analyze, interpret, and integrate findings into a local
context. This stage results in recommendations that include strategic learning
design and curricular changes, as well as questions for the next assessment.
The strategic learning design or curricular changes are
integrated into the Intentional Curriculum, and documented student learning
outcomes are disseminated to those involved in the assessment.
The process continues on an annual or as-needed basis to
ensure improved student learning outcomes.