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Learning objectives or competencies describe what learners will be able to do upon completion of the course.
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The course learning objectives, or course/program competencies, describe outcomes that are measurable.
Course learning objectives should be provided to students that clearly and succinctly explain what students should be able to do or know at the conclusion of the course. Course objectives should contain strong action verbs that are easily measured by the instructor through assessment.
The module/unit-level learning objectives or competencies describe outcomes that are measurable and consistent with the course-level objectives or competencies.
Module learning objectives should be provided to students that clearly and succinctly explain what students should be able to do or know at the conclusion of the module, week, or unit. Module objectives should contain strong action verbs that are easily measured by the instructor through assessment.
Learning objectives or competencies are stated clearly, are written from the learner’s perspective, and are prominently located in the course.
Course and module objectives should be written in a way that they are easy to understand for students at all levels. The objectives should also be provided to students in an easy-to-access area of the course like the course syllabus or Course Overview page.
The relationship between learning objectives or competencies and learning activities is clearly stated.
Information should be provided in your course that indicates which learning activities support specific learning objectives or competencies. This can be provided in a numbering system, course map, and/or listed on an introductory page in each module
The learning objectives or competencies are suited to the level of the course.
Course and module level objectives should be appropriate for each course level. Objectives will become more difficult to achieve as students progress through a course or program and learning content and activities build on prior knowledge.
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