‘The Record of Everything You’ve Forgotten’?
Greg Toppo, Inside Higher Ed
This spring at Western Michigan University, nearly 23,000 students, including almost 18,000 undergraduates, are taking part in the WMU Signature Designated Experiences. In addition to attending class, students agree to participate in as many as 12 out-of-class “designated experiences” in one of nine pathways. Students will be required to reflect on the experiences in writing, and all of it will make its way into students’ academic transcripts.
Efforts to capture the effects of such learning are not new, but the past four years have seen a resurgence of interest in the idea, as well as an acknowledgment that institutions must capture students' “learning outcomes” in both formal and informal settings.