Learning Objectives: Part 3

How do you write effective learning objectives?


We previously covered the basics of learning objectives and their relevance to students and teachers in Part 1 and Part 2. Now it’s time to take it all the way and learn how to actually write effective ones!

Read on for three steps on how to write effective learning objectives.

1. Align your learning objectives with your learning goals

Recall from Part 1 that learning objectives and learning goals aren’t the same things. And since your learning goals should be well established before you begin drafting your learning objectives, this step will be the easiest.

Your learning goals function as the broadest learning category of your course, whereas learning objectives function one step down from them. What does one step down from the expansive learning goals look like? They should be more specific than the learning goals, of course, but not as detailed as homework might be.

For example:

Learning Objective:

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to discuss how video games can increase the size of the parts of the brain that are related to visuospatial skills.

The above learning objective is a good example of an effective one, as it displays a clearly defined objective that is communicating to the student the specific knowledge they will obtain.