"My goal is simple. It is complete understanding
of the universe."
The course goals are broad statements of what the students will be able to do when they have completed the course. Goals can be lofty ideas, using words or phrases like "appreciates" or "shows leadership ability."
Example of a broad course goal:
How can we measure if a person appreciates music? It would be very difficult. That is why we develop objectives. The objectives are measurable and specific so you can determine if the goal was achieved.
Developing Measurable Objectives
"The goal is where we want to be. The objectives are the steps needed to get there."
Measurable objectives are the specific measures we use to
determine whether or not we are successful in achieving the goal. The
objectives are instructions about what we want the student to be able
to do. Use verbs and include specific conditions (how well or how many)
that describe to what degree the students will be able to demonstrate
mastery of the task.
Examples of measurable course objectives:
It is easy to measure each of the objectives. Either the student has or has not accomplished the objectives.
Developing Measurable Objectives as Assessment Tools
Measurable objectives are used as assessment tools. Once the objective is defined, this then becomes the foundation for your grading or assessment policy. If your grading policy is very different than your behavioral objectives you should reconsider one or the other.
In developing your objectives be sure to include:
Guidelines for Writing Measurable Objectives RubricThe hardliners in the field of writing behavioral objectives state that the behavioral objectives must be written according to the following template:
By clarifying expectationshow many, to what degree, under what conditions, etc., both the teacher and students are clear about what is expected.
However, in practice, only a few people actually include the criteria
for measuring success in the objectives because often it is implicit in
the skill itself.
Sometimes the goal is the same as the objectives. For example, in "Topic 5: Writing the Course Outline" both the goal and the objectives are the same, Write the Course Outline.
Learn the rules, then use your judgment.
The following are two tools to help you write and check goals and objectives.
Examples of well-written goals and objectives
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For more info on how to write goals and objectives"How to Write Behavioral Objectives" Dr. Robert Kizlik defines the three key elements to include in your objectives:
"Writing Educational Goals and Objectives"
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