Do You Know How to Write Learning Objectives? -- An Action Research
Pei-Lin Liu, Linda Lohr, University of Northern Colorado, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Atlanta, GA, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-52-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
A learning objective is a statement that tells what learners should be able to do when they have completed a segment of instruction. If a learning objective is well written, it is easy to measure whether or not the objective has been met. Most instructors agree that learning objectives are important and many of these instructors include such objectives on the syllabi that they hand out to students. Unfortunately it is easier to write bad objectives than it is to write good ones. The Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to use Technology (PT3) project at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) began asking students to write learning objectives using Heinich's (2002) ABCD design model and Bloom's Taxonomy (1956) in the fall of 2003 as part of their redesign efforts of the undergraduate educational technology courses. This paper will present data concerning the way preservice teachers were taught to write learning objectives from an educational technology course. This study will also offer suggestions and guidelines for future writing learning objective classes.
Liu, P.L. & Lohr, L. (2004). Do You Know How to Write Learning Objectives? -- An Action Research. In R. Ferdig, C. Crawford, R. Carlsen, N. Davis, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2004--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 979-981). Atlanta, GA, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).