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Creating Interfaith Learning Outcomes

To effectively address the local, national, and global challenges we face today, we must build bridges of cooperation between people of different religious and secular worldviews. Members of the higher education community especially, from faculty to staff to administrators, have the power and responsibility to shape students into future interfaith leaders who can foster these connections. But how do higher education professionals ensure that they are indeed developing students into interfaith leaders? Is there a clear picture of what it means for students to care about and effectively engage in interfaith cooperation?

A good first step is creating learning outcomes for interfaith work. This resource is designed to help you understand and develop interfaith learning outcomes.

Learning outcomes are statements of the knowledge, understanding, and/or skills students are expected to gain by participating in a learning process. Learning outcomes can help articulate your approach to interfaith cooperation and the considerations that are vital for effectively engaging in this work. Having articulated learning outcomes can also make planning and acting more straightforward. Whether sponsoring student events, creating departmental strategic plans, or formulating campus-wide initiatives, interfaith learning outcomes are imperative for high-quality programs and services.