Student Learning Outcomes
Health Services has identified two learning outcomes which map to the student learning outcomes identified as the core components of the UMD Assessment Program. They are:
1. Leadership skills
SLO 9 – Apply life skills to succeed in college and beyond.
UMD Health Services offers two Peer Educator student groups - one with an emphasis on sexual health, and the other with an emphasis on alcohol and other drugs. Both student groups provide presentations to UMD Seminar classes, on campus, in the residence halls and Kirby Student Center. We aim to provide peer educators with knowledge in their respective areas; skills in program development and evaluation; and presentation (public speaking) skills with the intent that all of these skills may be transferable to their professions post-graduation.
Peer Educators will be provided with a Learning Outcomes Reflection Guide at the beginning of fall semester with prompts in the areas of Leadership, Knowledge, Public Speaking, and their personal role in the group. The exercise is intended to guide them in self-reflection on their current skill level, and to assist them in establishing personal goals for the semester. At the conclusion of fall semester, they will be asked to participate in a written post semester reflection assessing what of their understanding has changed and how they view themselves as a leader.
Peer Educator Learning Outcomes Reflection Guide
Use the following prompts to guide your reflections:
Leadership (preparation, performance, organization, initiative, adaptability, ability to give/receive constructive feedback)
Knowledge (what do you think you know about alcohol/drugs, what would you like to know, what have you learned)
Public Speaking (tone, appropriateness, confidence, relatability, energy (enjoyment), knowing your audience)
Your niche in the group (organizer, contributor of facts/research, presenter, motivator)
Pre Semester Reflection/New members
As you begin your experience as a peer educator, what do you know? Consider the prompts above as you evaluate your current place on the continuum of learning.
Post Semester Reflection
What do you know now? What of your understanding has changed? What do you walk away knowing about yourself as a leader and these processes? What didn’t you know before?
Advisers of the Peer Educators will meet with each student individually at the conclusion of fall semester to discuss their goals in depth and provide feedback. Advisers will look for reoccurring themes to guide training for the following semester.
2. Risk Reduction
SLO 4 - Use ethical reasoning to make informed and principled choices.
SLO 9 - Apply life skills to succeed in college and beyond.
In a survey of UMD undergraduates in 2009, 990 student respondents indicated the number one reason they did not assist someone suffering from alcohol overdose by calling for medical help was that they did not recognize the situation as a medical emergency. The second reason listed was that they did not want to get a fellow student in trouble. Based on these findings HS has developed continuous prevention programming aimed at increasing student understanding of the severity of alcohol poisoning, and the steps to take in the event of its occurrence. The programming alcohol peer educators are providing addresses the responsibility and expectation of students by the university to assist in these situations and gives them practical and factual information to make decisions by. Students are educated on the signs of alcohol overdose and of the state law, Medical Amnesty which provides immunity for underage consumption of alcohol for the intoxicated individual, the student who makes the call for medical assistance, and one other individual on the scene.
Student understanding of alcohol overdose will be evaluated at the conclusion of classroom presentations.
One of the questions students will be asked is “identify two signs of alcohol overdose”. Responses will be tabulated at the conclusion of fall semester and these data will be shared with peer educators, HS staff, and the Chemical Health Advisory Committee annually in January.