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Defining levels of learning success
For a well-designed online course, it is necessary to define learning outcomes for each learning unit in your course.
By including clear learning objectives for each learning unit in your course, it will be easier to design activities and to select the tools for measuring learning. This provides a weekly learning roadmap for your students making it clear what is expected of them each week.
The Course Mapping resources help inform you of the relationship between the weekly learning outcomes to the course learning outcomes. Use the resources on this page to learn how to craft measurable learning objectives and how to make them available to students.
When writing learning objectives it is important to define the action verb that describes what the learner will be able to do at the end of the learning unit. What skill/knowledge/attitude will the learner gain/improve after they go through the learning materials you have prepared for them? How will they demonstrate that they’ve learned?
When writing instructional objectives, answer the following three questions:
Refer to the SUNY Online Course Quality Review Rubric webpage for resources that will help you craft good objectives. Refer to Bloom’s Taxonomy as a guide for selecting action verbs that are measurable through assessment.
Use Objective Builder from UCF for generating instructional objectives.
In the Blackboard LMS we recommend posting your lesson objectives in an Item; this ensures that the learning objectives are immediately visible and easily accessible in the lesson folder. See Course Organization for more detailed guidance on laying out your content using the UMass Boston online course template.