Objectives specify what learners will be able to do, or perform, to be considered competent. As such, they provide clear reasons for training. Another way to view objectives is that they are goals redrafted to state performances in terms that are clearly tangible to the reader. When writing objectives be sure to describe the intended result of instruction rather than the process of instruction itself.
Reasons for objectives:
Objectives are useful for students, instructors, and instructional designers. Some of the ways in which they are used include:
To select and design instructional content, materials, or methods, it is necessary to have a sound basis by which success can be measured. Clearly defined objectives allow designers and instructors a method to find how successful their material has been.
The purpose of instruction is to improve performance. By clearly stating the results we want the learners to accomplish, we can identify if they have gained the appropriate skills and knowledge.
Because objectives should be stated before learners begin their instructional materials, they provide students the means to organize their efforts toward accomplishing the desired behaviors.
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