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Unit C.1 Developing learning objectives


Material for the lesson, part of the Curriculum Design Course, developed by the OSCE Mission in Kosovo


Carefully written learning objectives that contain measurable performances, precise standards and well-defined conditions, will improve the quality of the training programme you design. They can help to improve it by:

  • Becoming the foundation upon which your lesson plans are built.
  • Showing the learners that the learning objectives are based on a detailed task analysis of their job and that what they will learn is relevant to them.
  • Ensuring that you teach the learners to the point where they can perform the tasks, which are stated in the learning objectives.
  • Helping you to base the lesson on the learning objectives and thereby avoid unnecessary information or exercises.

The aim of this lesson is to assist participants in developing an understanding of why learning objectives are important in the training design process and how to develop them.

At the end of this unit you will be able to:

  1. Use learning objectives in deciding which domain of learning a learning objective should be taught and evaluated.
  2. Distinguish between lesson aims and learning objective.
  3. List three places where learning aims are typically found.
  4. State the relationship between lesson aims and learning objectives.
  5. List the three ways that learning objectives help both the trainer and the student.
  6. List three parts of a learning objective.
  7. Match the three parts of a learning objective with their definition.
  8. State the two characteristics that all learning objectives share.
  9. Identify a properly written learning objective that is both student centred and results orientated.
  10. Write a lesson aim and learning objectives