The best way to formulate a response is by setting a single SMART goal for your course. You can then break that goal down into several learning objectives.
Goals vs. learning objectives
When it comes to best practices for course creation, coming up with a good set of objectives is our number one choice.
But goals and objectives are two very different things.
A goal sets out what learners will be able to do once they’ve finished your course. But to reach that goal, they first need to complete a number of specific and measurable learning objectives.
Let’s use an example here. Imagine you want to take part in a 10k run in the next few months. To get ready, you’ll take up a variety of activities – for example, going for a daily run, watching your diet, and buying the right gear.
Your goal might be to finish the 10k run in under one hour. But the specific and measurable learning objectives you’ll want to achieve to reach that goal would include:
- Building up your weekly mileage. You’ll probably want to get to know your limits by starting small and finding out if you need any additional support.
- Learning which foods to eat so that you can build your core muscle strength.
Your two learning objectives in this example – to build your mileage and adapt your nutrition – both flow from your goal to finish a 10k run in under one hour.