Standard 2: Learning Objectives (Competencies)
General Standard 2 - Learning Objectives (Competencies)
There are measurable and specific objectives learners will meet by the end of the course.
Some of the criteria for meeting this standard are the inclusion of learning objectives that are suitable to the level of the course and language that spells out how the course activities enable students to meet the learning objectives.
2.1 The course learning objectives describe outcomes that are measurable.
By the end of the course, students will be able to select (measurable action) appropriate tax strategies for different financial and personal situations (object).
2.3 All learning objectives are stated clearly and written from the learner’s perspective.
After reading the objective above, it is clear to the instructor what students will be able to do if they achieve the objective (select appropriate tax strategies).
2.4 Instructions explain which learning objectives students will meet by completing the activities and assignments.
In this first assignment, students will take a short quiz that will help determine at what degree of accuracy they are able to select the appropriate tax strategy.
- The Verb Wheel breaks down the six levels of Bloom’s cognitive domain and associates action verbs (essential for measurable learning objectives or competencies) and student products (the basis for your assessments). You will find this wheel helpful as you assess your learning objectives or competencies and as you consider your assessments.
- Different Types of Questions based on Bloom’s Taxonomy provides question stems related to each level.
- Dee Fink created A Self-Directed Guide to Designing Courses for Significant Learning based on his taxonomy of significant learning.
- Biggs’ structure of the observed learning outcome (SOLO) taxonomy from the Teaching and Educational Development Institute provides a good overview of this taxonomy.
- Emporia State University provides overviews of the Affective Domain and the Psychomotor Domain that includes the levels, description, and illustrative verbs.
- Educational Origami provides Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy that includes a wealth of resources and ideas for each of the domains of learning.