This tool highlights the five essential characteristics of a good outcome statement.
The time it takes to write outcome statements varies depending on the course and the desired outcomes.
Core Competency Connection
- Internet access
- Tools for writing
- A good outcome statement is written in an active voice, using carefully chosen words. We have a recommended formula for this.
- The statement is learner-focused and describes what the learner will be able to do AFTER and OUTSIDE of the educational experience.
- These outcome statements are realistic and reasonable, considering time available.
- They also drive rigorous content and assessment strategies by focusing on application and interrogation of acquired knowledge and skills used by learners now and in the future.
- Outcome statements are short, well-constructed, and easy to interpret.
6. When it all comes together
- Using these principals, a completed outcome statement could look like this:
“Make pricing decisions using relevant cost and profitability factors.”
Tips & Tricks
- Visit the Lethbridge College Learning Connections website for more tips on writing outcome statements. http://lc2.ca/item/286-writing-outcomestatements
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Stiehl, R., Lewchuk, L. (2012). The MAPPING Primer: Tools for reconstructing the college curriculum (2nd ed). The Learning Organization.
Wiggins, J., & McTighe, J. (1998). Understanding by design. Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
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