In Part 2 of our blog series on learning objectives, we embrace the hard truths we learned during our previous efforts and discover how drastically a change to learning objectives can ripple through the rest of a course, requiring us to change more than just the objectives. The upside is students receive a truly challenging and engaging learning experience that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.
Learning objectives are the foundation of a course. They describe things your students will be able to do once they complete your course, and they act as a design tool in the process of developing a course to keep you focused on important content. Flaws in them will be felt by you and your students throughout your course. It can also be daunting to create or rewrite them for a course that you already teach because, if done properly, they will reveal uncomfortable truths about it.