Sometimes real life intersects with educational theory. That happened when I was baking cookies and thinking about learning objectives. Learning objectives and recipes serve similar functions -- assuring consistency of outcomes.
The University of Colorado-Denver wrote the following about learning objectives in their faculty resource reference: “The philosopher Seneca once said, ‘If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.’ When you know where you are headed, you can more easily get there. Well-defined and articulated learning objectives are important because they:
- provide students with a clear purpose to focus their learning efforts
- direct your choice of instructional activities
- guide your assessment strategies”
Writing SMART (specific, measurable, actionable, relevant and time-bound) objectives informs trainees and instructors about what they need to do to be successful.