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Writing Course-Level Learning Outcomes


A syllabus that contains clearly expressed learning outcomes can help guide students’ efforts as they navigate through your course.  The writing of learning outcomes can also help you to focus on and reflect on your goals for the students in your courses.  They can also help guide the design of lessons and assessments for your course. For these reasons and others, the Higher Learning Commission, UW Oshkosh’s accrediting agency, requires every syllabus to clearly express the expected student learning outcomes for the course. A random survey of UW Oshkosh syllabi has revealed that some syllabi contain no learning outcomes, while some identify course “objectives” that are more a summary of course activities and assessments than learning outcomes. 

In this workshop, you will learn to write course-level learning outcomes that are clear, observable and measurable.  We will also discuss the ways in which writing student learning objectives can help you strengthen your teaching by prompting you to reflect on how every component of your course helps ensure that students are meeting your learning objectives for them. 


  • Charlie Hill, Provost and Vice Chancellor's Office
  • Wednesday, Jan. 6th, from 1:00-3:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, Jan. 14th, from 1:00-3:00 p.m.

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