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Library Instruction: Why Write Learning Outcomes?

Why Learning Outcomes are helpful

For instructors:
  • Know where you’re students are going so you can choose the best path
  • Assessment based on strong learning outcomes yields results we can use to improve our teaching
For our students:
  • Connect students to the purpose of their learning
  • Inform them of our expectations
For our instruction program:
  • Allow for individual teaching styles and approaches but unify our mission 
  • Learning outcomes are are a tool to help us communicate with the teaching faculty

Nesting Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes on the class, program, and institutional level should build off and support one another.  


diagram of nested class, program, and institutional outcomes