Best Practices FAQ: Objectives and Competencies

I’m in the process of planning a new course, but I’m not really sure where to begin. Do you have anything that might assist me in getting started with the objectives and the content of the course?

Absolutely! We have a simple, easy to use tool called the Course Planning Worksheet. It will assist you in planning and aligning the scope and sequence of your course, the objectives, the content (readings/media/resources), how students engage with the content, and how students will be assessed. Visit our Files and Forms page and click on the link for the worksheet.

What resources would you recommend for writing effective course objectives?

If you are not yet familiar with Bloom’s Taxonomy or Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy, we recommend you investigate the following resources for identifying actionable and meaningful objectives and assessments in your course. As a general rule of thumb, we should aim for objectives that will support or scaffold real-world experiences for students or build skills and knowledge that will advance students toward these real-world experiences.

Using Bloom’s Taxonomy to Compose Learning Objectives. Bloom’s Taxonomy divides the way people learn into three domains. One of these is the cognitive domain, which emphasizes intellectual outcomes. This domain is further divided into categories or levels. The key words used and the type of questions asked may aid in the establishment and encouragement of critical thinking, especially in the higher levels.

Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy
Guide to Writing Learning Objectives