The Eight Key Questions (8KQ) ethical reasoning strategy is complemented by seven Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs). The SLOs describe what JMU expects students to know, think, or do as a result of ERiA. The first five are cognitive, intentionally scaffolded from simple to complex, to mirror the way we hypothesize students will learn this nuanced subject. The last two SLOs are attitudinal.

Cognitive SLOs

  1. Students will be able to state, from memory, all Eight Key Questions.  Alternate assessment: From a list of ways of conceptualizing issues, students will correctly identify the Eight Key Questions.
  2. When given a specific decision and rationale on an ethical issue or dilemma, students will correctly identify the KQ most consistent with the decision and rationale.
  3. Given a specific scenario, students will identify appropriate considerations for each of the 8KQ. Alternate approach: Students will be able to provide the specific considerations raised or rationale implied when applying every KQ to an ethical situation or dilemma.      
  4. For a specific ethical situation or dilemma, students will evaluate courses of action by applying (weighing and, if necessary, balancing) the considerations raised by the 8KQ.
  5. Students will apply SLO 4 to their own personal, professional, and civic ethical cases. NOTE: Implied within this SLO is the students’ ability to identify an ethical situation, based on the belief that the process of ethical reasoning increases discriminatory capacities. This will be addressed via the assessment rubric. 

Attitudinal SLOs

  1. Students will report that they view ethical reasoning skills as important.
  2. Students will report increased confidence in their ability to use the ethical reasoning process.

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