An innovative approach to assessing professional skills learning outcomes: a UAE pilot study

Kevin Schoepp, Maurice Danaher


This paper describes a pilot project in a computing college at a UAE university that was conducted to determine the feasibility of adapting a US-developed innovative approach to program level assessment of generic skills, 21st century, or general education learning outcomes. These learning outcomes are thought to comprise critical thinking, problem solving, global perspective, teamwork, and communication- ones that cross all disciplinary boundaries. The method of assessment utilized was an online discussion forum built around an open-ended computing scenario. Results indicated that this approach proved to be a success and demonstrated very clearly where the students’ strengths and weaknesses resided. Suggestions for further enhancements and implementations are provided.


assessment; accreditation; ABET; learning outcomes; outcomes

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