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Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes are an articulation of the specific skills, attitudes and segments of knowledge a student should acquire by the end of a given class, program, course or degree. Beyond the mere retention of information, learning outcomes are typically written by professors supporting the overall goal of a class or course and, in ideal cases, explained to students at the start of each course, with reminders of what the learning outcomes are throughout the semester or year.

Learning outcomes refer to quantifiable, assessable skills or bases of knowledge students should acquire in a given course (not just critical thinking or written communication skills, but, for example, an understanding of the role of class in the French Revolution). Students have a more favorable approach to their courses when they clearly understand the learning outcomes and are typically best able to comprehend learning outcomes when they are explained in conjunction with course work (for example, a certain assignment will help lead to a certain learning outcome).