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What is the difference between Learning Outcomes and Learning Objectives?

Learning Objectives:

  • tend to describe specific, discrete units of knowledge and skill
  • were useful during the 1970's and 1980's when attempts were made to describe workplace activities as specific tasks to be completed
  • can be accomplished within a short time frame - still may be relevant for a class period
  • tend to be statements of intent; do not necessarily suggest that the behavior has been demonstrated

Learning Outcomes:

  • describe broad aspects of behaviour which incorporate a wide range of knowledge and skill
  • increased use in the 1990's when workplace requirements involve broader skillsets which are transferable to a wide range of work settings
  • accomplished over time in several learning experiences
  • refer to demonstrations of performance 








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