Writing Outcomes

Learning Outcome Statements

  • Learning outcome statements state the knowledge, skills and attitudes that the students will gain through the learning experience of a subject.
  • Learning outcomes begin with an action verb and describe something observable or measurable.

An effectively written learning outcome clearly answers the question:

What should students know and be able to do upon successful completion of this module/subject/program?

There are three parts to every learning outcome statement:

  1. An action verb (only ONE) that identifies the performance to be demonstrated and the level of learning – please refer to the Verbs in the Appendix on Bloom’s Taxonomy
  2. The content or learning focus that specifies what knowledge, concept or skill that the learner is expected to acquire (learn)
  3. The context or criteria that specifies the parameters, the measurable characteristics, in which the learning is grounded

When writing outcomes, ask 2 questions about each outcome:

  • Is there a “specifc” focus for the learning?
  • Can it be measured — Is there a specific behaviour or performance that can be associated with the achievement of the outcome?

Table for Writing Learning Outcome Statements
(adapted from Humber College – Developing Learning Outcomes – LENS guide)

Table for writing learning outcomes

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