Writing and assessing unit level learning outcomes

Aims versus learning outcomes?

One way of explaining the fundamental purpose of unit learning outcomes is to compare them with unit aims.  A common question is what is the difference between aims and learning outcomes?

In general terms:

Aims describe teacher or programme intentions.
They are broad statements of intent illustrating the overall purpose of the programme. They do not need to be measurable.

Learning outcomes describe desired student behaviour resulting from learning.

They are more precise and describe in detail what it is that a successful learner will be able to do by the end of a specified part of a programme. Learning outcomes should be demonstrable and measurable.

The following short video demonstrates the difference between aims and learning outcomes in the context of the resource that you are current using.



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