Learning Objective/Outcome Checklist
Learning objectives/outcomes are a central and key element for courses. A well structured and rigorous course begins with measurable learning outcomes that help students identify which skills, knowledge and attitudes they should gain by the end of a course. All of the courses assessments, activities and learning materials should be aligned with and directly related to the learning outcomes (course alignment).
The purpose of this information and checklist is to aid those who assess and/or build course syllabi to have criteria with which to assess the learning outcomes, alignment and/or other aspects of a syllabus, in order to make our course syllabi excellent.
The first step is to read this brief page on developing learning outcomes and this page on learning objectives and rigor. This will orient you to the definition, terminology and taxonomy that help create and assess learning outcomes.
Next, here is a checklist that you can use to assess the learning objectives/outcomes for any syllabus and help ensure they are measurable:
Do the outcomes refer to the audience, behavior, condition, and degree.? (The audience and condition are generally included in the lead-in statement ("At the end of this course [condition], students [audience] should be able to..."), and the behavior is the measurable verb. Thus, when writing measurable outcomes, the remainder of the outcome is called the degree, or "how the behavior will need to be performed." For more information, please read Writing Learning Outcomes: ABCD Method: An Introduction.
In terms of "alignment" - all of the course assessments (both formative and summative) should be assessing the student achievement of one or more learning outcomes. Likewise, all learning outcomes should have some corresponding assessment that measures student achievement.