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Problems when writing objectives

Here are some problems that are common to objectives. Take a look at these problems and rewrite your objective.







1. Vastness
Complexity or Earnestness

The objective is too broad in scope or includes more than one objective

Reduce and simplify the objective

2. False Criteria

The criteria doesn't let the user know explicity how well they need to do the behavior

Make criteria: reasonable, specific, useful

3. False Givens

Describes instruction, not conditions

Detail what can be used to complete the test

4. False Performance

Often simply restating the goal; no true performance stated

Be specific as to what you want the learner to do

Additional practice before the quiz

Here is another site ( that will provide you with an explanation of objectives and allow some practice.

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