Learning Objectives: Do You Make Them Measurable?
Community Manager Allison LaMotte recently shared a great article about Bloom's Taxonomy (An Introduction to Blooom's Taxonomy for Instructional Designers) which led to a great discussion in the comments section about the importance of learning objectives.
One thing that I don't think anyone mentioned is how important it is to create MEASURABLE learning objectives.
I can't tell you how many times I see lists of learning objectives that contain objectives like: "Understand the theory XYZ" and "Recognize the top 4 components of ABC".... These sound good, but they aren't truly measurable objectives. How do you measure if someone understands the theory? How do you measure if someone recognizes something? Instead, measurable objectives would be "Write a brief paragraph summarizing theory XYZ" and "List the top 4 components of ABC".
I'd love to hear the community's thoughts about crafting measurable learning objectives. Does it matter to you? Do you always make your learning objectives measurable? Any tips of your own to share for how to accomplish this?