2. a) Identify learning outcomes

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A module-level learning outcome is a statement of what the learner is expected to be able to do on successful completion of the module to demonstrate their knowledge, understanding, skills and/or competences.   An outcome starts with a first verb (see Action Verbs for Learning Outcomes for examples), includes the content, and describes the context, which is how well you want your learners to do something or under what circumstances. It is important to have module outcomes so you clarify what you’ll need to include in that section of the remote course.


Bad outcome

What’s the problem

Better version

Examples of what is needed in the module given the good outcome:

Understand processes in multicellular organisms.

Too vague - it is not clear what evidence of “understand” might be, and the content students need to learn is unclear.

Articulate similarities and differences in the anatomies, physiologies and behaviours of multicellular organisms including protists, fungi, plants and animals.

Content: Definitions and characteristics  of protists, fungi, plants and animals

Learning activity: Comparison and contrast drag and drop so student can practice classifying based on anatomy

Assessment: Needs to have classification activities in the exam to match the outcome.

Define parts of a design problem.

Learners will need to use the design process, but picking the wrong first verb might cause the creation of a module about definitions of stages of the design process, or test of design terms rather than solving an authentic problem.

Design solutions to basic entrepreneurial problems. 

Content: Parts of a design process and how to engage in them

Learning activity: Break a problem into parts to determine the key elements

Assessment: Create a presentation summarizing the best solution to a given problem

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  • Are my outcomes good enough?
    Use the Writing Learning Outcomes Chart to assess how well they fit criteria such as clarity, measurability, attainability and relevance.