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Creating Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes communicate expectations for the course content, and clarify assessment measures for both you and the students. They don’t have to be difficult to write. In fact, the more clear and concise the language, the greater the likelihood that students will be able to use them to structure their learning. To learn how to write effective outcomes, see

You can also use rubrics to help clarify expectations for student work. See our resource Using Rubrics for more information.

For more in-depth information, two chapters from the handbook Instruction at FSU: A Guide to Teaching & Learning Practices are also relevant:

  • Chapter 2: Determining Learning Objectives (instructional goals and course design guidelines)
  • Chapter 1: Designing an Effective Course (student needs, learning objectives, content selection, and assessment methods that directly reflect the learning objectives).

Outcomes have additional significance at the program level. See State Mandated Academic Learning Compacts (SMALCs) from the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs.

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