Writing Learning Outcomes: It’s All About the Verb

There is a focus (verging on obsession) in the entire education sector (K-12 and post-secondary) with Learning Outcomes. While they may have different terminology in different organizations, the concept is shared and simple: what will students learn and how will we know they’ve learned it?

Writing (and using) learning outcomes is a core component of teacher training and curricular development. Post-secondary educators also write and use learning outcomes for courses and programs. The most often misconstrued part of a learning outcome is the verb. It needs to be an action verb that is in some way measurable. Hopefully this song will help to get the point across.

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