Learning Objectives and Goals
After articulating a mission statement, a department creates goals and objectives, or locates already existing ones, and connects them to the mission statement, as well as the broader mission and goals of the school and college.
Click here for helpful tips on creating learning objectives and goals from the Middle States Handbook:
Student Learning Assessment: Options and Resources, MSCHE (2nd Edition, 2007)
Leading Questions for Developing Learning Goals
Based on leading questions developed by Prof. C. Ewart, Department of Psychology, Syracuse University, 1998.
- In general, what are the most important things a student gains from your field of study?
- What qualities and capabilities do you strive to foster in your students?
- What is the most important knowledge that your students acquire from your field of study or from working with you?
- How does your field of study or your work change the way students view themselves?
- In what ways does your field of study or what you do contribute to a student’s well being?
- How does your field or what you do change the way a student looks at the world?
- What does your field of study or what you do contribute to the well being of society at large?
- How do people in this area of study differ from those in other areas (knowledge, skills, and/or values)?
- How do we know the extent to which students are learning what we hope from our field of study?
- How do we use information about student learning and development to enhance student learning?
Goals can be stored on Temple University's Blackboard Outcomes System website: