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Assessment of Co-Curricular Learning

Co-Curricular & Extra-Curricular Learning

JHU understands the effects of co-curricular learning on student engagement, achievement, and success. Co-curricular activities may within a program or outside the departmental and programmatic structure in divisions such as student affairs, athletics, and life design. To facilitate quality and equity of student access to impactful learning experiences outside the classroom environment, the University Council on Learning Assessment adopted a working definition for co-curricular learning activities that highlights the importance of assessment for improvement and to verify student learning. This definition also helps to inform how learning activities are aligned with institutional outcomes and included as part of the comprehensive learner record.

In addition, JHU provides an impressive offering of extra-curricular experiences that may be part of students’ lifelong learning portfolios. These activities are not required to directly assess student learning or align with institutional learning goals. Students can self-issue artifacts of their learning or accomplishments from extra-curricular engagement to their comprehensive learner record.

Definitions

Working definition for co-curricular learning @ JHU

Co-curricular activities:

  1. Deliver learning experiences that complement curricular instruction, thereby enhancing and supporting student learning and engagement.
  2. Reside within a program or outside the departmental and programmatic structure in divisions such as student affairs, athletics, and life design.
  3. Connect to a curriculum and can be mapped to university, school, unit, or program learning objectives.
  4. Assess learning objectives connected to students’ program of study, divisional learning objectives or career stated objectives.
  5. Are always assessed and learning can be verified as part of the comprehensive learner record (CLR); learning assessment data collected inform course, activity, and program improvements.

Additional components for the definition

  1. In most cases co-curricular learning is voluntary, but there may be instances where it is required depending on program.
  2. Often credit is not assigned to these types of activities, but in instances where it is assigned, it does not typically count toward the degree requirements.

Working definition for extra-curricular learning @ JHU

Extra-curricular activities:

  1. Provide students with opportunities to enhance and support student learning and engagement.
  2. Are activities, performed by students, that fall outside the realm of the formal curriculum but may be part of their lifelong learning portfolios.
  3. Are typically voluntary and not for credit.
  4. May or may not assess learning.

Comparison between curricular, co-curricular and extra-curricular learning

Comparison of learning modes. Curricular: Learning, Curriculum Driven, Stated Learning Objectives, Classroom Dependent, Activities Curriculum Driven, Assessed, Required, Assigned Credit. Co-Curricular: Learning Aligned with Curriculum, Stated Learning Objectives, Outside the Classroom, Activities Enhance Curriculum, Assessed, Optional OR Required, No Assigned Credit. Extra-Curricular: Learning Independent of Curriculum, Optional Learning Objectives, Outside the Classroom, Activities Not Part of Curriculum, Often Not Assessed, Optional, No Assigned Credit.

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