Learners will be able to describe what learning objectives are and how to use them. Describe why, how, and where learning objectives are valuable. Identify the differences between topic agendas, business (and other) goals, and learning objectives. Discuss the theories behind learning objectives and the evaluations tied to them (i.e., Bloom's, Kirkpatrick's). Write effective learning objectives for new and existing courses in any format (i.e., blended, eLearning, classroom).This course provides K-12, University, and College students, as well as Corporate employees, instructional designers, curriculum developers, eLearning experts, Subject Matter Experts (SMEs), instructors, teachers, trainers, and facilitators with an overview of Learning Objectives.
- Let's talk about the learning objectives for this course. That's right, I'm gonna give you learning objectives for a course on learning objectives. If that sounds strange to you, don't worry, it sounds a bit strange to me too. But let's take it step by step. The first learning objective for this course is that by the end of the material you will be able to define what learning objectives are and how to use them. Second, you'll learn how to describe why learning objectives are valuable, how they're valuable, and where they're valuable. I hope that you will not only be able to describe the value of learning objectives, but also personally see their value for your own courses.
The third learning objective for this course is that you will be able to create effective learning objectives yourself. You'll learn how to create them for new courses, as well as existing courses. You'll also learn to create for different settings, including blended classrooms, traditional classrooms, and e-learning. Fourth, you will be able to identify how learning objectives are different from topic agendas and goals. Fifth, you will be able to discuss the theories behind learning objectives and the evaluations tied to them, such as Bloom's and Kirkpatrick's.
Now, you might be thinking, why would I want to do that? Well, it's probably true, you'll never talk about learning theory at a party, but by learning the theories that support why learning objectives are important, you will better understand how well structured learning objectives are key to improving your courses. I'll keep the theory part short and high level, but it is important to at least take a glancing look at it. Your final learning objective is to learn how to align your learning objectives with course assessments. So that was a lengthy set of learning objectives, but don't worry, creating these types of objectives can be surprisingly easy and I'm gonna show you how, one step at a time.
- Defining and structuring a learning objective
- Understanding the value of learning objectives
- Adopting learning objective theory
- Rewriting weak learning objectives
- Customizing learning objectives
- Creating learning objectives for new and existing material
- Analyzing courses for learning objectives
- Aligning assessments with learning objectives