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7 Steps to Develop Well-Designed Course Objectives

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Why are well-designed learning objectives so important? The answers may seem self-evident; they provide a roadmap for students to follow, and they enable the measurement of student learning.

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7 Steps to Develop Well-Designed Course Objectives

  1. 1. 7 Steps to Develop Well-Designed Learning Objectives
  2. 2. • Learning objectives tell students what they are supposed to be learning • Learning objectives enable students to focus their attention on the core concepts • Learning objectives help students manage their study time efficiently, so they don’t waste time on less-important topics. 7 Steps to Develop Well-Designed Learning Objectives Why are well-designed learning objectives so important? The answers may seem self-evident; they provide a roadmap for students to follow, and they enable the measurement of student learning. But, there are other benefits that directly relate to how students study and how their organize their learning:
  3. 3. 1. Be Clear. 7 Steps to Develop Well-Designed Learning Objectives Write clear learning objectives, so students know what is expected of them upon completion of the course.
  4. 4. 2. Connect the Dots. 7 Steps to Develop Well-Designed Learning Objectives Design course learning objectives to contribute and interrelate to program learning goals and college general education goals.
  5. 5. 3. Get Active. 7 Steps to Develop Well-Designed Learning Objectives Choose action verbs based on the desired end result of the course. More general terms such as “learn,” “understand,” and “be familiar with,” are difficult to assess.
  6. 6. 4. Keep Bloom’s in Mind. 7 Steps to Develop Well-Designed Learning Objectives Consider the appropriate level of knowledge in Bloom’s taxonomy. For example, in an introductory class, more knowledge of and comprehension-based objectives including “describe,” and “identify,” may be more appropriate.
  7. 7. 5. Emphasize Higher- Order Thinking. 7 Steps to Develop Well-Designed Learning Objectives For more advanced courses, choose verbs such as: • Evaluate • Construct • Defend • Analyze • Apply
  8. 8. 6. Get Organized. 7 Steps to Develop Well-Designed Learning Objectives Organize your teaching materials to align with learning activities and assignments to ensure all the objectives are taught.
  9. 9. 7. Don’t Go Overboard. 7 Steps to Develop Well-Designed Learning Objectives Consider limiting the number of objectives to allow for efficient assessment of student learning.
  10. 10. List compiled by Melissa Altman-Traub, a dietetics instructor at the Community College of Philadelphia, and a registered dietician-nutritionist. Professor Altman-Traub holds a B.S. in Nutrition from the Pennsylvania State University and an M.S. in Health Education from Arcadia University. Her clinical experience includes hospitals, long-term care, and renal nutrition. Arizona State University (N.D.), Writing Measurable Learning Objectives https://teachonline.asu.edu/2012/07/writing-measurable-learning-objectives/ Middle States Commission on Higher Education (2007): Student Learning Assessment: Options Images: pexels.com

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