Learning Objectives-Teaching Excellence & Educational Innovation - Carnegie Mellon University

Learning Objectives

In writing your own course-level learning objectives, consider the following questions:

  • What should my students be able to do/know after completing my course? Note: be sure to include action-oriented verbs that make learning objectives more explicit and observable.
  • Within my course, how will I measure (e.g., assessments) whether or not students are achieving the learning objectives I’ve written?
  • How do these learning objectives relate to students’ likely prior knowledge plus the amount of practice and feedback they will get during the course?

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Sample 1: Learning objectives from Engineering

Sample 2: Learning objectives from Architecture

Sample 3: Learning objectives from Business

Sample 4: Learning objectives from Statistics

Sample 5: Learning objectives from Mathematics