Learners will be able to describe the value of learning objectives. Learners will be able to give two reasons why you should create learning objectives. This on-demand video clip shows the value of learning objectives from the perspective of learner / student and the perspective of the instructor / content creator / writer / curriculum editor.
- The purpose of Learning Objectives is twofold. First, let's take a look at it from a learner's perspective. Learning Objectives cue the learner about what to expect and what's expected of them. Learning Objectives orient the learner to what comes next. Learners want to know things like: What will I learn? What should I know? What should I focus on? And how does it apply to me personally? Learning is a mentally intensive task. By using learning objectives you're making it easier for the learner to concentrate. You're taking away the strain of trying to figure out what they are learning or why.
You're doing this mental work for them by giving them learning objectives. Consider this: If learners have no learning objectives, they're likely to be wondering what and why, which means unnecessary distraction which takes away from their learning. With effectively written learning objectives you can eliminate the what and the why for the learner. Second, let's look at learning objectives from the perspective of the instructor or curriculum designer. Using learning objectives reassure your learners by giving them a mental road map.
Without a stated goal it becomes easy to wonder off the path. By using learning objectives you can align instruction to the stated goals in the learning objectives. Now, you might be saying: "Hey, wait! I love it when my professor goes off track and tells stories about his trip to the Peruvian rainforest" Yeah, I agree. Sometimes going off track is welcome and it does lead the learning. But the important thing to remember is that anything off track is bonus material. It may or may not lead to new understanding. Your stated learning objectives will guide your learners to specific learning outcomes.
When you read effective learning objectives for a course, it frames the course for the learners in such a way as to leave no doubt. No learner should have to ask: "What is the point of this?" Learners should be able to instead say: "Aha! By the end of this course I'm going to be able to create my own pattern from raw materials. And so that's why we're spending this time learning about dirt. Learning Objectives will make it clear to your learners what they will get out of your course. The perspective of selling your course to your learners can be key to learner engagement.
Even if there are learners being forced to take your course, you can engage them with the perspective that you are selling them on what they will be getting out of your course. When learners clearly see what's in it for them, they're more motivated to engage. So, as you can see, Learning Objectives can be selling points.
- 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