Wednesday, 04 September 2013 08:00

Writing Lesson Outcomes

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Writing Lesson Outcomes
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Outcomes, or learning goals, are the backbone of any lesson, course and program. Before you plan your lesson, you need to ask yourself, “What do I need my students to be able to do by the end of this lesson?” The answer to this question will guide you in writing the outcome(s).

There are many ways to structure an outcome, but most instructions have the same or similar parts. The following breakdown is one I find works well. The fourth piece, “with what results” may or may not be present, but the rest are necessary in order to clearly communicate what you expect students to do.

Here are some examples:


Will do what

With What Content

With what results

By the end of the lesson, learners will be able to


the elements of a properly structured outcome


By the end of the week, learners will be able to


a properly structured outcome

for one lesson in their course

By the end of the unit, learners will be able to


properly structured outcomes

for all the lessons in their course

In the video Writing Outcomes [15:25], Angela Viola further explains the process of writing outcomes for your lessons.

This is just one way to structure an outcome. Do you know any others? Share your ideas in the comments section below.


Lethbridge College. (2013). Writing Outcomes [video].

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Christie Robertson

I remember what it was like being a new instructor: too many questions and too many resources to sift through. My goal as a writer for Learning Connections is to help instructors with common teaching issues, whether they are f-2-f, blended or online. I want answers to those frequently asked question to be easy to find!