Why a Learning Charter?
Approved by University Council on June 17, 2010
The University of Saskatchewan Learning Charter is intended to define aspirations about the learning experience that the University aims to provide, and the roles to be played in realizing these aspirations by students, instructors and the institution. The overarching goal of the Learning Charter is to optimize the learning experience of every student. 1
The Learning Charter consists of three main parts: (1) our vision for learning; (2) the core learning goals to which the University of Saskatchewan aspires for its graduates; and (3) the roles which students, instructors, and the institution need to play in achieving our learning vision and goals.
In so doing, the Learning Charter serves as an integrative framework for linking aims, values, and principles surrounding teaching and learning to behaviours that will optimize student learning and discovery. The Learning Charter serves as an educational tool for communicating goals, commitments, and responsibilities to each of the learning partners, and as a tool for organizing, evaluating, and further developing policies that affect teaching and learning.
The Learning Charter is grounded in the values and principles enunciated in the “Teaching and Learning Foundational Document,”2 and is informed by the “The University of Saskatchewan Mission Statement,”3 “Guidelines for Academic Conduct”4, the “Standard of Student Conduct in Non-Academic Matters”5 and the “University of Saskatchewan Strategic Directions”6 document, as well as other relevant policies and documents.