Articulating Learning Goals


Clearly defined learning objectives are the first step toward ensuring that the efforts of both teachers and students are connected to the desired outcomes of a course. Articulating learning objectives results in a student's clear understanding of what is expected, which leads to higher achievement and helps provide a guideline for assessment. This workshop will introduce concepts to help define your learning objectives and provide an opportunity to begin specifying the learning objectives for your course.

Learning Goals:

After successfully completing this workshop you will be able to: 

  • identify reasons for articulating learning goals.
  • describe taxonomies for learning.
  • apply the ideas presented in the workshop to write learning goals for their course(s).

What to Bring:



Articulating Learning Goals

In the Library:

A Taxonomy for Learning, Teaching, and Assessing: A revision of Bloom’s Taxonomy of Educational Objectives. Lorin W. Anderson and David R. Krathwohl, Eds.
LB 17 .T29 2001b

What the Best College Teachers Do. Ken Bain.
LB 2331 .B34 2004

Creating Significant Learning Experiences: An Integrated Approach to Designing College Courses. L. Dee Fink. LB 2331 .F495 2003

McKeachie's Teaching Tips: Strategies, Research, and Theory for College and University Teachers. W.J. McKeachie and M. Svinicki. LB 1738 .M35 2006

Effective Grading: A Tool for Learning and Assessment. Barbara E. Walvoord & Virginia J Anderson.
LB 2368 .W35 1998

Online Resources:

Articulation of Learning Goals (Kaneb Center)


Can apply toward these graduate student/postdoc certificates: