September 27, 2018

Student Learning Outcomes

As faculty members, we all have broad goals that we set out to accomplish in our courses. Often, these capture important domains within our fields and disciplines. Learning objectives are concrete actions of what a student should be able to do upon successful completion of the course. These can include changes in knowledge and competency areas, as well as attitudes and values.

1. Tips for Writing Learning Objectives:

  • Be as specific as possible
  • Be sure the outcomes are stated in terms of what the students will “know” or be able to do – this makes measuring them much easier to both understand and assess
  • Work for clarity in language – remember that your audience are your students

2. Example Language for Learning Objectives:

  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of basic information about …
  • Students will know the major ideas of …, and be able to discuss their interrelationships.
  • Students will be able to analyze information, and make judgments about the validity of that information.
  • Students will understand the approaches and underlying values of …
  • Students will be able to communicate their knowledge about this subject orally and in writing, to a variety of audiences.
  • Students will be able to apply the course information and skills to real world situations.
  • Students will have a greater appreciation for and interest in …

* Click here for additional information on setting learning objectives (or download Bloom’s Taxonomy).