Every program of instruction, course, or training activity begins with a goal. This goal can be broken down into specific goals, or learning objectives, which are concise statements about what students will be able to do when they complete instruction.
Why are learning objectives important? They guide your choices.
The philosopher Seneca once said, “If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.” When you know where you are headed, you can more easily get there. Well-defined and articulated learning objectives are important because they:
- provide students with a clear purpose to focus their learning efforts
- direct your choice of instructional activities
- guide your assessment strategies
What’s the difference between a learning goal and a learning objective?
Learning Goals are what you hope to accomplish in your course: the overall goals that do not necessarily result in products of observable and measurable behavior.
Learning Objectives are brief, clear statements about what students will be able to do when they complete instruction.
Starting with a well-written learning objective is important, so let’s review how to write them. >>>