Learning Objectives: Part 2

What makes learning objectives so helpful to instructors and to the course building process?


Upon completion of this article, readers will be able to:

  • Identify why learning objectives are important to instructors

  • Recognize how learning objectives save instructors time during three steps of the course building process

  • Recognize how learning objectives assist in authoring effective assessment content

  • Recognize how learning objectives help in assessing students

Last week, I covered the basics of learning objectives, including what they are (and what they aren't), and the role they play in promoting student learning.

Learning objectives aren’t just fantastic tools for students, however. They’re also incredibly helpful tools in the course-building process itself—which means they’re great for you, too.

Why Should Learning Objectives Matter to You, the Instructor?

I know what you’re thinking. “Aren’t learning objectives just there to tell the students what they’ll gain from my course?” That’s their basic premise, yes.

But learning objectives also stand to benefit you.