What are Course Outcomes?

Course Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes:  statements of what students should know or be able to do after completing an entire course, and lesson objective

 Well-written course outcomes help the instructor and the students. They provide the instructor with a roadmap for assessment and lesson planning, and they communicate to students what is important.

The ABCD Model for writing  outcomes incorporates different components into your objective. The University of Maryland's Learning Outcomes Research Guide provides an introduction to the ABCD Method. 

Yale's Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning provides examples of outcomes from courses from different disciplines. It also includes recommendations for designing objectives.

Using Bloom's Taxonomy as a resource provides guidance for ensuring you are varying the level of complexity of thought you are requiring of your students. Vanderbilt University's Center for Teaching reviews Bloom's Taxonomy and provides additional information for its utilization. 

Examples of Well-Written Learning Outcomes

Lesson Objectives

Lesson Objectives:  brief statements of what students should know or be able to do after an individual class lesson.  

While course outcomes are statements of what students should know or be able to do after successful completion of a course, learning objectives are statements of what students should know or be able to do after successful completion of an individual lesson or unit. Because learning outcomes focus on smaller units of a learning than an entire course, they focus on more narrowly defined content that course objects. 

Note:  Use of the terms "outcomes" and "objectives" may vary, and the two terms may be used interchangably at different institutions. The delineation of "outcomes" and "objectives" above is how the terms are used at ECC. 

Like outcomes, learning objectives help the instructor and the students by providing the instructor with a roadmap for assessment and lesson planning, and they communicate to students what is important.

The ABCD Model for writing  outcomes and objectives incorporates different components into your objective. The University of Maryland's Learning Outcomes Research Guide provides an introduction to the ABCD Method. 

Yale's Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning provides examples of outcomes and objectives  from courses from different disciplines. It also includes recommendations for designing objectives.

Using Bloom's Taxonomy as a resource provides guidance for ensuring you are varying the level of complexity of thought you are requiring of your students. Vanderbilt University's Center for Teaching reviews Bloom's Taxonomy and provides additional information for its utilization. 

Examples of Well-Written Learning Objectives.