Using the acronym SMART Goals for writing clear objectivesOverview

Writing clear course objectives help define specific competencies and outcomes that will allow students to achieve a specific set of skills, knowledge, attitudes or values. Objectives should be observable, measurable, and valid. Objectives should also be aligned with course expectations.


Write Good Course Objectives

Well developed course objectives are specific, measurable, and written from the learner’s perspective. Use Bloom’s Taxonomy during this process to identify specific skills you want the student to demonstrate. Try to cover the different levels of each learning domain.

Avoid Using Verbs That Are Immeasurable

Verbs that represent actions or concepts that are difficult to measure include: appreciate, be familiar with, believe, comprehend, enjoy, know, learn, master and understand.


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