Learning objectives are statements of what you want your students to know and be able to do at the end of your course. These statements should be specific, measurable goals and will help you in determining the success of your course. Check out this infographic on how to create a lesson that delivers desired outcomes.
How to Write Effective Learning Objectives
Your learning objectives should always include action verbs to describe the student activity. A valuable resource for action verbs is Bloom's Taxonomy of Learning Objectives.
Avoid vague and non-observable verbs. Also, limit yourself to 3-5 learning objectives. When constructing your objectives, follow this template:
Use this Taxonomy of Learning Worksheet to help you map your learning goals and objectives.
As a result of participating in this course, students will be able to:
Questions to Ask Yourself
Learning Objective Webinars
The following webinars are available to UNMC employees through Go2Knowledge, an online training platform. Watch the sessions below to learn how to get the most out of your learning objectives:
>>Teaching More By Grading Less: Creating Meaningful Assessments That Align With Learning Objectives | View webinar
>>Integrating Rubrics To Assess Higher Order Thinking Skills | View webinar
>> Designing Meaningful Learning Objectives That Foster Alignment Between Teaching Activities & Assessments | View webinar
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6 Strategies for Effective Learning
Download these free, educational posters from the Learning Scientists to use as a guide for effective learning and studying.
Backward Design (Outcomes-Based Design)
In backward design, a framework developed by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe, you build your course around the skills and knowledge you want your students to gain, not around predetermined assignments and activities. You anchor the development by carefully articulating the learning objectives–what you want students to learn–and work backward from there.
What is Understanding by Design? Author Jay McTighe explains.