⏱ 3-5 minute read and video
Watch this 1-minute video to learn more about why Intended Outcomes are important in learning experience design:
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Identifying Intended Outcomes allows us to imagine what it looks like when our learners successfully complete a learning experience.
In this phase, we answer questions such as: What should the learners know?
What should they be able to do?
How should they feel?
Beginning with the end in mind keeps the rest of our work grounded on purpose. It provides a picture of success, and makes it easier to build the learning experience.
Here are tips for writing good, clear intended outcomes:
First, use language that your learners can understand.
When your learners know the goal, they’re able to keep track of their own learning.
Second, make measurable outcomes.
Your learners should be able to demonstrate the outcomes through activities and assessments.
And third, keep it simple.
A good designer can identify the most essential outcomes to keep the LX manageable.
Clear learning outcomes are necessary, especially for online learning. We need to be able to communicate to our learners what they should know or be able to do or feel by the end of the learning experience. The intended outcomes need to be observable and measurable, and being transparent about these outcomes will keep both educators and learners in check throughout the learning experience.
We usually refer to Bloom’s taxonomy as the base for writing learning outcomes, but exploring other models and taxonomies for learning may help us address more specific learning needs.
Here’s an article that compares a few models against Bloom’s with the intent of expanding our understanding of learning objectives.
💡 Here are some tips for writing clear outcome statements.