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Honing your learning objectives, part 1

Learning objectives are the foundation of a course. They describe things your students will be able to do once they complete your course, and they act as a design tool in the process of developing a course to keep you focused on important content. Flaws in them will be felt by you and your students throughout your course. It can also be daunting to create or rewrite them for a course that you already teach because, if done properly, they will reveal uncomfortable truths about it.