What are they?
Learning objectives let students know what standards need to be achieved in the course or in an instructional unit, explain why various activities and assignments have been set and clarify the kind of evidence students need to produce to show that they’ve achieved the objectives. Learning objectives should:
- speak directly to the students,
- be clear and specific,
- use active verbs to let students know how they will able to demonstrate what they have learned,
- define the level of learning necessary to achieve the objectives, and
- match the assessment requirements.
Why do distance students need learning objectives?
Distance online students tell us over and over again that they use learning objectives to figure out where they are in the course, and for recognizing the purpose of the various units and the activities and assignments they are asked to complete. In addition, students tell us that they often use learning objectives to test themselves on the material covered in the various units.
Resources in PDF and Multimedia
- Action Verbs for Learning Objectives
On this page, you’ll find a list of action verbs you can use to draft learning objectives.
- Writing Learning Objectives Using Bloom’s Taxonomy
Although this British website models writing learning objectives using Bloom’s taxonomy for legal education, the guidelines can be generalized to apply to any discipline.