Adaptation of outcome-based learning in an undergraduate English education programme

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In recent years, Outcome-Based Learning (OBL) has gained increasing prominence in many parts of the world and, since 2008, has been formally promoted among all higher education institutions in Hong Kong by the University Grants Committee (UGC) of Hong Kong. A key concept of OBL is that teaching should be driven by outcomes that are desirable for students, and that greater clarity in relation to what is to be achieved simply involves adjusting teaching and assessment. This article reports on a project on Outcome-Based Learning in the English Department at the Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKIEd), and an OBL adaptation framework that has been developed. First, the development of a set of Programme Intended Learning Outcomes (PILOs) for the Bachelor of Education (English Language) Programme at HKIEd will be introduced. Second, the design of Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs) in the programme will be discussed. Third, the alignment of teaching and assessment strategies with learning outcomes will be illustrated through a sample course. It is hoped that this study will inspire some reflection on how effective teaching and learning among students in higher education institutions can be achieved through an outcome-based learning approach. Copyright © 2011 Academic and Business Research Institute.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-17
JournalResearch in Higher Education Journal
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2011


Wang, L. (2011). Adaptation of outcome-based learning in an undergraduate English education programme. Research in Higher Education Journal, 12, 1-17.


  • Outcome-Based Learning
  • Programme intended learning outcomes
  • Course intended learning outcomes
  • English education programme
  • Hong Kong
  • Teaching Development Grant (TDG)
  • TDG project code: H052e
  • Period: TDG 2008-2009
  • Teaching Development Grant (TDG) Output


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