Learning outcomes are made of:
Adapted from Macquarie University (2015) FILT
Writing Learning Outcomes
- Identify what students are expected to demonstrate on completion of their program or course, use action verbs such as identify, compare, apply, analyse, evaluate, create.
- Keep learning outcomes to one main statement. If more than one statement in a learning outcome, make two.
- Avoid using passive verbs/phrases such as "be aware of", "be familiar with".
- Avoid statements e.g. “conduct an investigation”; “write an essay”, as these are not learning outcomes. They are tasks.
- The number of learning outcomes - no hard rules. In general, between four and six learning outcomes per program and course is about right.
- To help structure levels and standards of learning outcomes, identify the cognitive differences between “lower level thinking” (remembering, comprehending) and more “higher order level thinking” (analysing, creating) as well as non-cognitive outcomes related to collaboration, teamwork and ethical behaviours, attitudes and values, etc.
- In developing learning outcomes consider the total learning experiences of your students as defined in the Scientia Education Experience (SEE).