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    Walden University
  Nov 21, 2017
2016-2017 Student Handbook (March 2017) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

KAM Learning Agreements

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Before starting work on a KAM, students write a Learning Agreement that defines their learning and research objectives for that KAM. The Learning Agreement must be reviewed, evaluated, and approved by the instructor who is going to serve as an assessor of the student’s work in that KAM. A Learning Agreement acts as a contract between the student and the assessor.

Submission and Evaluation of a Learning Agreement


  • Students may complete the core KAMs in any order, and may complete the advanced or specialized KAMs in any order after completing all core KAMs or courses (for mixed-model students).
  • Students begin their work on a KAM by developing a Learning Agreement for that KAM and submitting it to the KAM assessor.
  • The Learning Agreement must be presented in the format indicated by the Learning Agreement template as found at the Writing Center website:
  • Students may have up to two Learning Agreements outstanding at any one time. The registrar’s office will return extra Learning Agreements to the student until a KAM is completed for one of the Learning Agreements on file.
  • Students submit their Learning Agreements electronically as Word documents to their assessors via the “Submit LAs and KAMs” assignment area of the Research Forum and via an e-mail attachment if the KAM assessor is not the student’s faculty mentor.


  • An assessor is allowed 14 calendar days to evaluate a Learning Agreement from the time of its receipt.
  • If the assessor determines that changes are necessary to the Learning Agreement, the assessor electronically returns feedback comments and questions to the student so that the Learning Agreement can be revised and resubmitted. When the assessor is the faculty mentor, comments are returned in the Research Forum.
  • When the assessor approves the Learning Agreement, the assessor submits the Learning Agreement and the associated rubric to the registrar via the KAMs tab on the Faculty Portal. A copy is sent to the assessor, the faculty mentor, and the student. 

Notification of Acceptance of the Learning Agreement by the University

The registrar’s office documents the final ratification of Learning Agreements and notifies students, assessors, and faculty mentors by e-mail within 10 business days of receipt of the approved version of the Learning Agreement and the associated rubric. Students are advised to save a copy of this e-mail notification for future reference.