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Writing learning objectives

The single most important task you face when planning a course is to design appropriate learning objectives, also known as learning outcomes, which specify exactly what you want students to know or be able to do at the end of the course (and at the end of each session, unit, or activity within the course).

Everything else that happens in the course, including teaching strategies, assignments and assessments, will be driven by those objectives. Most likely, you have course objectives in mind, but you may need practice producing specific, measurable, student-centered objectives. The effort to put them down in writing and communicate them to students will pay great dividends by enhancing your ability to plan the course and your students’ ability to meet your objectives.