Teaching the Teacher: Guiding Faculty to Write Effective Learning Objectives

Concurrent Session 10

Session Materials

Brief Abstract

Do you ever wonder if you should spend more time writing learning objectives? This session will teach you about the University of St. Thomas's "Learning Outcomes Inspirator" and how it gives faculty and staff examples of well-written measurable learning objectives to use as inspiration as they write their own.

 

Presenters

Karin Brown is an Instructional Designer for the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. She has a B.A. in Math Education and Spanish Education from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN and a Master's in Educational Technology from Boise State University in Boise, ID. As a dedicated Instructional Designer and passionate education enthusiast, Karin's goal is to foster positive learning experiences for students by partnering with faculty to create engaging and motivating activities while incorporating sound educational pedagogy. Karin lives in Minneapolis, MN.
John Kinsella is an Instructional Systems Consultant at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota; Minnesota's largest private university. As a result of more than 19 years of instructional technology support, John has developed a passion for supporting the learning process: by applying existing solutions to specific academic goals, by developing new solutions for unique academic challenges, and by supporting the learning process of all members of the campus community. John holds a B.A. in Communication and Journalism and an M.S. in Technology Management, both from St. Thomas. He resides with his wife two children in the Twin Cities suburb of White Bear Township, Minnesota.

Extended Abstract

How much time do you or your colleagues spend writing learning objectives? Do you think more time and energy should be dedicated to this task? This session will teach you about the University of St. Thomas's "Learning Outcomes Inspirator" and how it gives faculty and staff examples of well-written measurable learning objectives to use as inspiration as they write their own.

Session Learning Outcomes: 
1. Identify the necessity of teaching faculty to craft well-written learning objectives. 
2. Describe the process used to create the Learning Outcomes Inspirator tool.
3. List possibilities for future development for the Learning Outcomes Inspirator tool.