Course Objectives

Helpful Tips

  • Create course objectives using action verbs, such as describe, explain, analyze, and synthesize.
  • Avoid words and phrases that are difficult to measure when composing objectives (e.g., understand, demonstrate an understanding, demonstrate knowledge, etc.). It helps to ask yourself how students will specifically show they understand a particular skill or concept (e.g., discuss, compare/contrast, analyze, etc.).
  • Create workforce-relevant course learning objectives. Not only will this help students know what they are expected to do by the end of a module, they will understand how it applies to their future goals.
  • Course objectives written from the learner’s perspective are more likely to increase intrinsic motivation and improve their persistence and motivation.

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