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Learning Outcomes


Last Updated:
August 10, 2023

First Published:
August 11, 2022


Learning outcomes, frequently interchanged with the term learning objectives, are measurable statements that describe what students should know, be able to do, and value by the end of an educational experience, course, program, etc. Learning outcomes communicate the major components of the educational experience to the students who can then focus their efforts on what is important. When written effectively, learning outcomes lay the foundation for assessment methods, teaching strategies, and content curation.

Use the comments section below to let us know your ideas about learning outcomes.

  1. Ask yourself the following question: When the students finish my course, program, rotation, etc. what should they be able to do, know, or value?
  2. Learning outcomes should be SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timely).
  3. When writing learning outcomes, start with an action verb to describe the learner’s performance. Use verbs from Bloom’s Taxonomy to delineate the specific performance.