This micro-lesson will uncover the distinctions between learning goals, objectives, and outcomes. Although often used interchangeably, it’s important to recognize that these are distinct terms with separate meanings.
A learning goal is a general statement that describes the competency (e.g., the knowledge, skills, and abilities) the learner needs to perform after they complete your course successfully.
Learning objectives describe what you want your learner to be able to do after completing your course. Think of these as specific, measurable competencies in which you would assess the learner to decide whether your learning goal was met.
The learning outcome describes what you want the learner to have achieved and can demonstrate at the end of your course. This becomes your evidence that learning actually took place.
Example: Changing a Flat Tire
Learning goal: To equip learners with the necessary knowledge and skills to safely and effectively change a flat tire.
Learning Objectives: By the end of the course, you will be able to:
- Identify the tools and equipment required to change a flat tire
- Describe the step-by-step process of safely changing a flat tire
- Demonstrate proper lifting and jacking techniques when removing and replacing a flat tire
- Locate and interpret the recommended tire pressure information on the sidewall of a tire
- Use a lug wrench to loosen and tighten lug nuts
Learning outcome: Upon completing the training on changing a flat tire, learners can confidently and independently change a flat tire on a vehicle. They will accurately identify the necessary tools, follow the step-by-step process, utilize proper lifting and jacking techniques, interpret tire pressure information, and effectively use a lug wrench to complete the task safely and efficiently.
The more you know
Now that you’ve mastered this micro-lesson share your new knowledge with a friend, family member, or colleague. Who knows, you may even impress them with your newfound expertise! Keep learning and growing; I’ll see you in the next micro-lesson.