Samples of Learner's Results As Means to Verify Learning

(This page is referenced from Basic Framework for Training and Development Plan.)

There are numerous means by which a learner can show evidence of learning -- many means other than the traditional passing of tests in a course. The following list provides examples of results, or outputs, that can be produced by a learner during learning activities as means of verification of learning. These results can be examined by a subject matter expert to evaluate the extent of learning (new areas of knowledge and skills) accomplished by the learner. The list may prove useful particularly when designing self-directed training and development plans. Keep in mind that the following list is but a small sample of means of verification of learning. (The list is reproduced from a list provided by The Union Institute.)

  • annotated bibliographies
  • audio recordings
  • case study analyses
  • certificates of achievement verifying accomplishment of learning
  • commendations from employers for high-quality (thus, strong expertise in) work
  • computer software package
  • conducting Socratic dialogues, including preparation notes, participants' evaluations, etc.
  • conducting workshops, including preparation notes, participants' evaluations, etc.
  • course handouts
  • dialoguing with fellow workers, including preparation notes, participants' evaluations, etc.
  • formal written papers
  • gallery exhibitions of one's work
  • journal entries
  • literature reviews
  • notebooks validated by subject matter experts
  • notes prepared for seminars
  • performance in the creative arts
  • photography
  • poems
  • preparing testing protocols
  • presentations
  • questionnaires or interview guides
  • receiving professional certification
  • recording of a lecture presented by the learner
  • series of peer-based discussions, including preparation notes, participants' evaluations, etc.
  • sculptures
  • teaching a course, including preparation notes, participants' evaluations, etc.
  • training manuals
  • transcribed learning from other institutions of higher learning
  • video productions
  • works of art
  • written and oral examination by subject matter experts
  • written notes from museum visits
  • and on and on and on and on ...

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