Writing learning objectives for an e-learning project is putting together the specifics of what it is that you want the learner to accomplish with the training. They must be carefully considered and detailed to make sure that they stay in line with project in question. Like many things out there, a specific lesson can often times have many tangents that it could go off on. The material being taught may often be interconnected with other things that the learner will need to know or that they already know. Creating solid SMART objectives helps to keep the project on task and to keep it from wandering off of topic.
When writing the learning objectives for the e-learning project, I kept the SMART idea of creating objectives in mine throughout. While I want the learners to understand certain concepts, I had to construct it in a different way that was more concrete and measurable than just understanding. I had to pair together some time of action or demonstration that would show that the learner understands the information and can put it to use in a practical way. This is largely where Gagne’s Learning Taxonomy comes into play. It helps to identify which type of learning will be taking place and what type of activity will demonstrate the learning. The using the reference tool of word list to help construct the objectives helped to keep the focus on measurable, relative actions to use within the objectives.
Throughout the process of writing objectives, I also had to consider the time restrictions in place. I wanted to make sure to stick to material and objectives which could be taught and learned with in the fifteen minute time frame. As I stated earlier, there are many pieces of information that can be interconnected and the subject matter I chose is no different. Making sure that I was specific to learning just the one key pieces of information, I kept the objectives simple and easy to follow.
Overall creating learning objectives is essential to building a successful e-learning or learning of any type. They must factor in the restriction of the learning whether it be time, technology or another restriction. Keeping in mind the SMART way of creating them is key.