Let’s say you have decided to create your first online course. You are super excited, highly motivated and have heaps of ideas! However, after a couple of days, you might become slightly overwhelmed and kind of ‘lost’. Your ideas may not connect with each other and you begin to lose track of your course. Many MOOC teachers experience these moments of uncertainty.
Luckily, there is a simple solution – learning outcomes.
Here are 3 simple steps to setting up learning outcomes to keep you and your course focused.
Step 1: Set your course learning outcome
The course learning outcome is a clear statement or set of statements of what you want your students to achieve by the end of the course. It’s simply the answer to the question:
What do I want my students to know or be able to do by the end of this course?
For instance, in a course about Italian Cuisine, the course learning outcomes might be:
❖ Students will be able to use a variety of herbs in Italian cuisine, or,
❖ students will demonstrate the ability to prepare one Italian soup, one main dish and one dessert, or,
❖ students will prepare the collection of 20 Italian recipes.
The number and type of outcomes depend on the scope of the course. Setting one or two outcomes for a course is always a great start.
Step 2: Set learning outcome for each module
Step 3: Link the activities you create to your course and module outcomes
Let’s take a look at our “Italian Cuisine” course again. Once you’ve set your overall course outcomes and learning outcomes for each module, it’s time to link these outcomes with activities.