Characteristics of Good Learning Outcomes

Definition: Learning outcomes are statements that articulate what students should know, value, or be able to do as a result of participating in your program.

Good learning outcomes WILL: Good learning outcomes WILL NOT:
  • Identify a measurable behavior

  • Include only one behavior per outcome

  • Focus on the results of learning

  • Identify a vague behavior

  • Include multiple behaviors per outcome

  • Focus on the process or activities of learning

Tip: Bloom's Taxonomy is a great source of action verbs for your LOs!

(Cathy Barrette, WSU Director of Assessment, presented on this information to LC Coordinators at a previous LC Coordinator Connection meeting. View her full PowerPoint presentation here.)

ABC's of Writing a Learning Outcome

To construct outcomes, you can follow the A-B-C and sometimes D formula:

  • A:  Audience- Who will be doing the behavior?
  • B:  Behavior- What should the learner be able to do?
  • C:  Condition- Under what conditions did you want the learner to do it?
  • D:  Degree- How well must it be done?

(Taken from the University of Illinois)

Additional Tips to Writing Learning Outcomes for Learning Communities

Reporting Your Results

What you do with your data is an essential part of the assessment cycle. Campuslabs offers a webinar for reporting.

Reporting Tools Overview Webinar

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