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How to Design Learner-centric Learning Objectives

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How to Design Learner-centric Learning Objectives

How do we ensure training programs address the performance gaps of learners? How do we ensure learners are informed of what the training has in store for them and their expected performance after the training?

Well, learning objectives serve this purpose. They communicate the intent of the training to learners and often, they are the first screen learners come across before the actual learning begins. So they have to be crisp, clear, and presented effectively. None of us would prefer eating a cake with runny cream and a lopsided base, no matter how delicious it promises to taste; would we?

So we need to ensure learning objectives are well-defined, measurable, and unambiguous. They should not mislead learners, leave no room for misinterpretation, and also need to avoid false premises.

Intrigued to know how you can set such learning objectives? Our eBook “Learning Objectives in Training Design – Tips and Design” will shed light on these not-so-bright, grey areas. Download it to:

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  • Anil Kumar M

    I think you need to be more specific in defining the learning objectives. The article is prescriptive but not indicative. The three elements of a Learning objective are
    1. Clear action to be performed – what the learner should be able to do
    2. Measurable criteria – How the action will be measured or deemed correct
    3. Conditions of performance – Using a specific set of tools, techniques, or others

    Ex :
    Example : Write a customer reply letter with no spelling mistakes by using a word processor.
    Observable Action: Write a customer reply letter
    Measurable Criteria: with no spelling mistakes
    Conditions of Performance: using a word processor

    NOTE: If more that one type of word processor or computer is used in the organization, then it should be more specific. For example: Given a personal computer, Word for Windows, and printer, create a printed customer reply letter with no spelling mistakes. The conditions of performance are “Given a personal computer, Word for Windows, and printer”. Generally speaking, the larger the organization or the more technical the task, the more specific the conditions of performance must be spelled out.