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7 Examples of Learning Outcomes

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Learning outcomes are statements of the benefits of a learning activity, session or program. It is often stated that these need be measurable. This typically means that they are specific and observable. The following are the basic types of learning outcomes.

Remember

The ability to consume information and spit it back out again.
Acquire
Cite
Define
Demonstrate
Describe
Distinguish
Explain
Find
Identify
Label
List
Name
Paraphrase
Read
Recall
Recognize
Record
Report
Reproduce
Select
Sequence
Show
State
Tell

Understand

Comprehension of knowledge such that you can formulate arguments with it.
Appreciate
Approximate
Argue
Articulate
Associate
Characterize
Clarify
Compare
Conceive
Debate
Defend
Develop
Differentiate
Discuss
Elaborate
Express
Form
Formulate
Hypothesize
Interpret
Propose
Review
Summarize
Visualize

Analyze & Evaluate

Investigating in a systematic way to develop knowledge independently or as a group effort.
Analyze
Appraise
Assess
Audit
Blueprint
Break Down
Chart
Classify
Compare
Confirm
Contrast
Criticize
Critique
Deconstruct
Determine
Diagnose
Diagram
Distinguish
Document
Evaluate
Examine
Experiment
Figure Out
Interpret
Investigate
Layout
Measure
Process
Propose
Rank
Rate
Recommend
Research
Score
Scrutinize
Select
Separate
Standardize
Structure
Support
Test
Transform
Validate
Verify

Apply & Create

Applying knowledge to solve problems or produce value.
Apply
Build
Calculate
Compose
Compute
Construct
Create
Decide
Design
Develop
Devise
Estimate
Frame
Invent
Make
Modify
Operate
Optimize
Predict
Produce
Solve
Strategize

Master

Developing talent in a field. This requires learning processes that are more than transactional lessons but a process of coaching and mentoring a student to refine their talents using knowledge of performance and knowledge of results. For example, a music instructor who helps a student refine their talents.
Accomplish
Achieve
Advance
Attain
Cultivate
Gain
Improve
Master
Perform
Polish
Refine
Succeed

Character

Observable elements of character can be outcomes of learning. For example, an improv exercise that allows participants to practice and demonstrate adaptability.
Accept
Adapt
Assist
Coach
Commit
Communicate
Concentrate
Connect
Contribute
Cooperate
Demonstrate Resilience
Empathize
Endeavor
Endure
Engage
Focus
Help
Improve
Include
Invigorate
Listen
Meet
Mentor
Participate
Persist
Resolve
Respect
Socialize
Strengthen
Support
Venture
Work as a Team

Cultural Capital

Cultural capital is the ability to influence within the context of a culture. This includes things like social skills, shared experiences and leadership that are common outcomes of education. For example, the experience of playing for a university sports team such that you gain shared experiences within the culture of the sport and school.
Advocate
Build Rapport
Build Relationships
Challenge
Collaborate
Compete
Convince
Cultivate Understanding
Develop Trust
Enjoy
Experience
Facilitate
Generate
Immerse
Influence
Inspire
Join
Lead
Motivate
Negotiate
Pitch
Play
Present
Promote
Support
Surround

Outcome vs Goal

Most attempts to explain the difference between outcomes and goals are nonsense because their isn't much of a difference. For example, it is incorrect to say that outcomes are measurable but goals aren't. Generally speaking, the term goal is most often applied to business and financial targets. Outcome tends to be used when targets are related to human factors such as quality of life.

Outcome vs Objective

It is common to have multiple levels of detail for targets. In business, the most common scenario is to have goals and objectives where goals are the high level target and objectives are specific steps towards each goal. In academia, this is often switched around whereby objectives are top level targets and outcomes are related low level targets.
Overview: Learning Outcomes
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Statements of the benefits of a learning activity, session or program.
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