Academic using Develop on laptop

When designing and developing our courses, we usually start with the end in mind.

We ask questions such as: What is it that we want our students to know and be able to do? What kind of attitudes or values would we like them to have developed? How will these things contribute to students achieving the program learning outcomes?

Course learning outcomes (CLOs) are the results of these considerations. Writing learning outcomes signal to students the most significant aspects of the course – what we expect them to know, do and value. It is the CLOs that will form the basis of assessment and determine the learning activities that student will engage in. They are super important!

Yet they can be tricky things to write.

DevelopFortunately, we have developed a tool that can help. The Course Learning Outcomes Builder, which can be found in Develop, is a simple tool designed to help write Course Learning Outcomes that are SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, time-framed).

Having SMART learning outcomes is a great foundation for writing good assessment tasks and developing learning activities that will help students to succeed in the course.

Author: Dr Jude Williams (Learning Futures)