Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives definition and examples

Learning objectives are statements that specify what learners will comprehend or be able to demonstrate as a result of a study activity or course or program. Learning objectives help instructors covey more distinctly to students what is expected of them. Objectives also help instructors develop effective strategies for evaluating student work and study. Objectives are usually stated, using action verbs, as knowledge, skills, and/or attitudes. They should be demonstrable and measurable. Each objective should be associated with one or more activities, assignments, tests/exams, and/or events in the course.  Please make every effort to use this language in expressing your learning objectives.

Learning Objective examples:

  1. You/students will be able to explain orally…
  2. You/students will be able to demonstrate…
  3. You/students will be able to explain in writing…
  4. You/students will be able to describe, analyze, compare, and contrast…
  5. You/students will be able to apply logical reasoning methods and approaches…
  6. You/students will be able to use…

Learning Objective Guidance Documents