Developing Learning Objectives
- Based on the work of Igor Koutsenok, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Univ of CA, San Diego
Whether creating a training program or a University course, having clear learning objectives is critical to staying focused and ensuring you achieve your outcomes! Learning objectives can be based on Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes. Below is a breakdown of each of these to help guide you in preparing your learning objectives:
1) Knowledge: Objectives related to knowledge are those that requre the learner to demonstrate s/he knows and understands the material and can analyze and discuss concepts. This is the most common category of objective as it is easily measured by tests, quizzes or other traditional means.
2) Skills: Objectives related to skills measure the change in ability to do something. The focus of these objectives are on being able to perform a task or procedure. Learning skills requires practice and feedback. It can be measured through observation or interaction.
3) Attitudes: Objectives related to attitudes measure changes in feelings, beliefs, or values. The goal of these objectives are to increase awareness of or sensitivity to certain issues or ideas. It is the most difficult to assess, and often requires observation over time and paying attention to language and behavior related to the topic.