What are you going to do at the university? What do the lecturers expect from you? What do you have to know or be able to do in order to get a passing grade?

All of these questions can be answered by the learning output. What is a learning output? It is the knowledge, skills or attitudes that the student has to acquire by the end of the study process. The study process can have a curriculum, a subject or even a lone seminar. It is also important that the acquisition of the learning output can be checked in some way.

You can find your curriculum and the learning output of your subjects at the study information system aka SIS (www.ois2.ut.ee). If you have any questions, turn to your lecturer or program manager!

Why do we need learning outputs?

  1. A steady goal — knowing what knowledge and skills we will reach by the end of the course also helps us focus on tasks that at first might seem pointless. All of this is easier to do when we know what’s the reason for all this: what is the purpose of these activities and what we get out of them.
    The benefits from the learning outputs aren’t one-sided though. In addition to helping the student, this kind of framework also helps the lecturer set clearer goals in planning the classes, conducting them and eventually in the selection of the grading type and criteria.
  2. Learning mobility. When you return to your main university after a semester (or more) abroad, it is possible to assess how much of the courses you took there fit into your curriculum back here and to use the RPL (recognition of prior learning) to take those subjects into account. 
  3. Society will gain knowledge through the learning outputs, what is it that we can expect from the people who have acquired a degree in the given field and employers will also know what kind of additional value this could bring to their organization, thereby increasing the competitiveness of the graduate.

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