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Developing Course Objectives


Developing Course Objectives

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"Objectives describe what learners will be able to do at the end of instruction, and they provide clear reasons for teaching. When writing objectives be sure to describe the intended result of instruction rather than the process of instruction itself. "  Contents include:Reasons for ObjectivesComponents of an ObjectiveKinds of ObjectivesDifference Between Goals and ObjectivesBuilding ObjectivesAction Verbs for Objectives"
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Material Type: Tutorial
Technical Format: HTML/Text
Date Added to MERLOT: February 09, 2011
Date Modified in MERLOT: September 27, 2016
Submitter: Cathy Swift


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Primary Audience: College General Ed, College Lower Division, College Upper Division, Graduate School, Professional
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Language: English
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Avatar for Cathy Russell
1 year ago

Cathy Russell (Staff)

The information about building an objective was good.  It was easy to read and understand and broke down the different aspects of a good/measurable objective.  However, in my experience knowing what compenents an objective needs to is only half the battle.  The harder part is turning your content into those good objectives and I did not see much in the way of practice or examples that could be followed.

Time spent reviewing site: 15 min.