APPLICATIONS TO IMPROVE EDUCATION OUTCOMES BY USING ANALYSIS MODEL FOR LEARNING OUTCOMES (AMLO): PERSPECTIVE FROM KUWAIT
Gulf University for Science and Technology (KUWAIT)
About this paper:
Appears in: INTED2011 Proceedings
Publication year: 2011
Conference name: 5th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 7-9 March, 2011
Location: Valencia, Spain
Abstract:The purpose of this study is to highlight the benefits of using the Analysis Model for Learning Outcomes (AMLO) and provide applications via a study that involved entering and analyzing data on students’ academic achievements, course requirements, and learning objectives in order to assess instruction quality and student learning outcomes in an academic course in Kuwait.
Several research methods were used in this study. First, a sample of education course in the teacher education program at the Gulf University for Science and Technology was selected for this study. The purpose of this education course was to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to achieve six learning objectives by the end of the semester. Each objective served to guide the instructor on what to teach and expect from students. Eleven students who were eligible to participate in this study were enrolled in a level-two education course. These students were majoring in the teaching of secondary school-level English. Second, AMLO Tool, Analysis Model for Learning Outcomes (AMLO), was developed by the researcher to use in examining and analyzing the extent of effective achievement of learning objectives during instruction of future teachers in a teacher education program. AMLO is a web-application tool that helps all instructors to systematically input all needed information on three main components. Third, applications highlight best practices for ensuring consistently strong learning outcomes were introduced. Findings in this research study present the use of the AMLO in the data analyses that allowed the researcher to look at student achievement of learning objectives in any course of study. Percentages were extracted after linking each course requirement to individual learning objectives and analyzing each student’s individual achievements and all students’ achievements collectively. Each percentage represents the achievement of a specific learning objective. In addition, an overall percentage is also provided as the average of all learning outcomes extracted by achieving all learning objectives. Table 1 provides all percentages for achieving all learning objectives for a selected course of study. In general, the results allowed the researcher to derive applications for use by professional educators interested in analyzing, extracting, and improving learning outcomes in their academic courses. Finally, the conclusion points to the benefits of AMLO use by interested educators. There has been a need for a tool that provides data on instructors’ effectiveness in achieving learning objectives in their classrooms. This tool has been developed and evaluated most recently in Kuwait in an analysis of students’ learning outcomes, post-instruction. The AMLO has significant applications for educators both in Kuwait and worldwide. Educators can be trained to apply the AMLO by following five steps and procedures, which may be viewed by logging in to the web-application designed for this purpose.
Keywords: AMLO, learning outcomes, analysis, and applications.