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Lesson 4: Difference Between Student Learning Outcomes & Course Objectives

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Student Learning Outcomes are NOT course objectives or learning objectives like those stated in a course syllabus.

A course objective describes what the instructor will cover during the teaching of a course.

A Student Learning Outcome is generally not as broad as a course goal.

A Student Learning Outcome is typically not as specific as a course objective.

For example:

Course: Arkansas Geography

Course Goal: Understand the influence that the physical landscape has upon the cultural (man-made) landscape of the state of Arkansas from European settlement to the present.

SLO: Analyze how technology has contributed to the modernization of the state's cultural landscape over time.

Course Objective: Identify physical and man-made land forms.