An Innovative SLO mapping platform for enhancement of outcome-based learning

Principal Supervisor

Professor T.P. Lam, Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology


3 years

Approved Budget

HK 750,000

  • Project Objectives
  • Description of process, outcomes or deliverable
  • Evaluation
  • Dissemination, diffusion and impact

Project Objectives

The objectives of this project were to facilitate outcome-based education with a web-based application, the SLO (Student Learning Outcomes) Mapping Platform (SMP) composing of the following items within one single hub:

  • the learning outcomes and objectives;
  • a comprehensive archive of learning materials; and
  • SLO-based Formative Assessment.
  • Description of process, outcomes or deliverable

    The main deliverable was the SMP which was developed at the first 6-month period followed by its trial run and implementation in Orthopaedic Module and subsequently in other programs of the medical curriculum.


    Evaluation was accomplished with:

  • Feedback questionnaire on the acceptance and efficacy of the SMP as perceived by the students and teachers.
  • Comparison of Summative Assessment results of classes conducted before and after implementation of the SMP.

  • Results showed that the SMP had a clear layout and was well accepted by students and teachers. Student’s performance as perceived by teachers during teaching sessions has improved in all areas: students were more knowledgeable, better prepared and more active in classes. Student’s academic performance as measured by the module-end examination also improved with the SMP as evidenced from the increase in overall average marks reaching statistical significance.

    Dissemination, diffusion and impact

    Presentations on SMP were conducted throughout the project period at various workshops, seminars, retreats on 10 occasions and in four other international conferences. A workshop specially organized for introduction of the SMP was held on 28-Feb-2011. One paper has been submitted to "Medical Education" and is under review. The SMP has attracted attention from other teaching units and courses and have been successfully implemented for the Orthopaedic Modules and three other independent courses of the medical curriculum and one postgraduate taught program.

    This project resulted in a very fruitful outcome. Given the excellent outcomes demonstrated with the current programs mentioned earlier, the delivery of Outcomes-Based Education with a web-based application, the SMP, will be beneficial for other programs of the medical curriculum.