Steps toward excellence: The power of learning objectives — from by Robert Talbert
Making clear and measurable learning objectives for both the course and individual course modules. 


How to write a clear, measurable learning objective

Allow me to (re-)introduce you to Bloom’s Taxonomy:

Each of the six levels of the taxonomy corresponds to a category of cognitive tasks, and in most of these diagrams of the taxonomy you will find action verbs attached to each level. The key to writing a clear, measurable learning objective is to focus on two questions at both the macro and micro levels:

What is it that I want students to learn? And,

What action with a measurable outcome can a student perform that will allow me to decide whether they have learned it?

Then it’s a matter of expressing that action as a declarative statement anchored to a concrete action verb at the appropriate Bloom level.

Also see Robert’s second posting here, entitled: