Instructional design/Task analysis/Objectives Are Not Subjective

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Attainable, Measurable, and Goal-oriented

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You are nearing the end of this lesson, but first we must round out our understanding of HTA with writing learning/performance objectives. Think of this as the so what? after the task analysis is completed. Things to keep in mind when writing any objective is to make sure they are attainable, measurable, and goal-oriented. So, what does that mean?

  • Attainable: The objective must be realistic enough for the learner to accomplish what is being asked of him/her.
  • Measurable: The objective needs to have a way to check for understanding, e.g. 80% completion, 5 out of 7 correct, etc...
  • Goal-oriented: The objective must state clearly what the expectation is.

As a side note, be careful of using the word and in an objective. The word and indicates you are looking for two separate outcomes. Therefore, these two outcomes must be split into two separate attainable, measurable, goal-oriented objectives.

Visit the Wikiversity lesson on ID Learning Objectives for all you need to know on writing awesome objectives!


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