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Step 1: Developing Learning Objectives
Competency-Based Learning Objectives
Each learner is required to write a list of objectives to specify what
he or she wants to learn and be able to do at the end of the AEGD program.
In other words, you will specify the knowledge, abilities, and attitudes
that would enable you to practice and apply your learning in the real world,
after participating in particular learning activities. Well-framed learning
objectives serve to help you to identify an approach to organizing your
learning activities, content, and self-evaluation methods.
To be useful, learning objectives need to contain three basic elements:
- A verb that describes an action that can be observed, for example, distinguish,
predict, perform, etc.
- A description of the specific conditions under which the action takes
place, for example, type of patient, clinic setting, teamwork, etc.
- The acceptable performance level, for example, competent (perform when
supervisised), proficiency (perform routinely without supervision), etc.
Some tips for writing objectives:
Learning objectives are NOT:
- Statements of topics to be covered
- Statements of learning activities
- Statements about the teaching methods.
Avoid the words 'appreciate', 'understand', 'know'. These words are
not specific and do not give enough information about you what you want
After any educational activity three types of learning may occur: cognitive,
affective and motor learning. The objectives you write will reflect what
you want to learn in each of these three categories.
- Cognitive: This type of learning deal with gaining knowledge, comprehension,
application, analysis, and evaluation. For example there may be some didactic
material you need to review.
- Affective: This type of learning deal with attitudes, values, feelings,
and emotions. For example, you may want to explore your reservations towards
treating HIV-AIDS patients.
- Motor Skills: This type of learning deals with learning physical skills.
For example, you may want to learn how to perform an implant.