|Guidelines for Writing Learning Objectives
Objectives should clearly and concisely communicate what an attendee is expected to know and/or do at the conclusion of an activity. Objectives must be included in the brochure so the attendees may evaluate the relevance of attending a CME activity. The planning committee develops objectives to focus on the purpose of the CME activity.
The three essential elements of learning objectives are a statement of who (the learner), how (the action verb), and what (the content).
|The learner will be able
| actions to take to reduce risk for stroke
|successful measures to prevent disorders of bone and mineral metabolism
|The attendee will be able
|methods of optimizing glycemic control in patients with type 2 diabetes
Examples of HOW
To solve problems
Examples of WHAT
Consider adding performance standards to your learning objectives. Wording that describes acceptable standards might include:
in a thirty-minute time period
with no mistakes
with 90% accuracy
getting 9 out of 10 correct
Define the criteria or conditions under which the learning is to be demonstrated. Wording that describes learning conditions might include:
Given a problem of the following type...
Without the use of any reference materials...
Using a specific instrument.