As you are constructing learning objectives (or learner outcomes) for your course outlines, remember that they should be SMART -- specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound.
- One way to achieve this is through the use of active verbs (see "Tips for Writing Learning Objectives").
- For example, to say students will be able "understand" a concept by the end of the course is vague and essentially unmeasurable, but to say a student will be able to "describe, discuss, explain, assess, or analyze" is to present a measurable goal, easily assessable by a test, assignment, presentation, etc.
- "Writing Measurable CME/CE Learning Objectives" has a helpful list of "Words to Avoid" (and also lists of recommended terms)
The following resources provide lists of such SMART action verbs, often sorted according to Bloom's taxonomy for more specific focus: