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Writing Learning Objectives: Overview

Writing Learning Objectives: Overview

Learning objectives, sometimes called performance or behavioral objectives, are statements of the intended outcomes of instruction. They must be student centered and focused on a singular concept, describing in specific and measurable terms what student are expected to be able to do after completing a lesson or instructional unit. The ABCD method of writing objectives specifies four key characteristics that contribute to effective learning objectives: audience, behavior, condition, and degree (Georgia State University, 1999). The audience is the learner who will demonstrate the behavior under specific conditions and to an acceptable degree. The behavior—what the learner is expected to be able to do—must be observable and measurable. The condition, if any, describes the circumstances under... Show More

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