We use learning outcomes to identify and guide the teaching and learning focus of a course, unit or learning activity.
Learning outcomes are clear and measurable statements that provide a focus for educators and learners about what is to be taught or learned, and to identify the expected student behaviours once they complete a unit or course. Learning outcomes are more specific than general aims or goals. They describe what a student will be able to do in a demonstrable and measurable way.
Learning outcomes diagram
Different types of learning outcomes work together to structure learning across courses, exit degrees, units and learning sequences. Click on the plus icons on the diagram below to see how each type is different.
Why do we need learning outcomes?
Learning outcomes provide the foundation for building assessment, learning activities and learning resources. Without clearly defined learning outcomes, it is easy for students and educators to become confused about expectations, content and focus. Many issues with teaching and learning in units can be traced back to poorly defined outcomes.
Learning outcomes have different purposes for different members of the community.
Education Performance Standards Framework
The Education Performance Standards identify the expectations of education practice at Monash – See the Education Performance Standards for more details.
Impact on student learning
Impact on educational knowledge
Impact on educational environment
Effective teaching and learning
Responsive program design
Student- centred orientation
Professional learning engagement
Pedagogical content knowledge
Education research performance
You could address marking and grading across these Practice Elements by providing evidence of how you: