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27 Types of Learning Objectives

 , July 19, 2017 updated on May 23, 2023
Learning objectives are targets for learning stated as a list of abilities that will be developed through education, training or knowledge materials. These are essentially a promise to students about what they will learn in a particular educational endeavor. Learning objectives are typically introduced with a phase such as "At the end of this training you will be able to ..." Objectives are stated as short sentences that begin with verbs such as "Design a passive cooling system." The following are common types of learning objectives.

Explain

The ability to explain a knowledge area to others.

Develop

Develop something such as a strategy.

Design

Design is the act of creating something new that has value.

Architect

Designing structures.

Compose

Developing a creative work such as a story or artwork.

Interpret

Take information and understand it.

Apply

Use knowledge towards a purpose.

Analyze

Breaking information into component parts to understand it.

Review & Critique

Developing critical assessments.

Compare

Developing comparative assessments.

Evaluate

Developing scores and other quantitative assessments.

Calculate

Applying mathematics and statistics to data.

Formulate

Expressing ideas such as a problem statement.

Solve

Problem solving.

Model

Developing simulations, examples and conceptual frameworks that are useful to solve a problem.

Plan

Developing a plan of action to implement a strategy.

Organize

Arranging or preparing things.

Manage

Directing and controlling processes and functions.

Direct

Orchestrate resources to achieve an objective.

Conduct

Do something.

Lead

Getting people moving in the same direction towards a common goal.

Investigate

Research to reduce uncertainty.

Build

Create something of concrete value.

Create

Bring an idea, design, strategy, plan, process, procedure, product, service or creative work into existence.

Challenge

Challenge assumptions, constraints and ideas.

Innovate

Designing with the goal to improve things by an order of magnitude.

Reinvent

Create new ideas and approaches.
Overview: Learning Objectives
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Definition (1)Targets for learning.
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