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Course Learning Objectives

AIA CES strives to maintain the highest standards of education, using all tools available to consistently improve provider courses. Learning objectives shape a learning event and help ensure its success. This is why we require all courses to have learning objectives.

Learning objectives are an extremely effective tool for assessing whether the desired student outcomes are accomplished and whether a presenter has successfully taught the material.


AIA CES Learning Objectives Course Requirement

AIA CES requires that all provider courses have learning objectives, which must be listed when registering a course. There is a minimum requirement of four learning objectives per course. If your course is being offered for Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW), then three of the four learning objectives must address these topic areas because of the 75 percent course content rule for those types of courses.


What is a learning objective?

A learning objective is an explicit statement that clearly expresses what the student will learn or be able to do after taking the course. It is an observable and measurable student outcome statement. Learning objectives should be concise and concrete so that they are open to limited interpretation. Learning objectives should begin with, ―At the end of this course, participants will be able to…”

Writing learning objectives is where design and developing an educational course begins. Learning objectives help students clarify their personal goals for a course and give them a framework against which to measure their success.

A learning objective consists of three parts:

BEHAVIOR Describes what participants will be able to do as a consequence of taking a course. (for example, ―calculate‖)

CONDITION Describes conditions under which the student will perform the behavior. (for example, ―using the sample course residential project)

CRITERIA Describes the criteria you will use to evaluate student performance. (for example, ―the total cost of materials)

Combine the behavior, condition, and criteria and you have an official learning objective.

EXAMPLE: At the end of the course participants will be able to calculate the total cost of materials using the sample course residential project.‖


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