Writing Learning Objectives

0.5 Continuing Education Credit Hours

Category: Education Fundamentals

This module provides foundational information about developing learning objectives and offers opportunities to practice developing the skill of writing them. Additionally, we have created a learning objectives wizard to help you develop well written learning objectives for any educational setting.


Larry Hurtubise M.A.

Larry Hurtubise, MA, is the Director of the Office of Educational Innovation and Scholarship at the Ohio State University College of Pharmacy and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Biomedical Education at the Ohio State University College of Medicine. He encourages the scholarship in teaching and learning for the purposes of enhancing the quality of health sciences education.  His peer reviewed articles can be found in the Journal of Graduate Medical Education, Medical Educator, and Clinical Teacher and frequently presents at medical education conferences on curricular development and the effective use of instructional technology.


  1. Define learning objectives.
  2. Describe the characteristics of well written learning objectives.
  3. Choose verbs from the appropriate level of Bloom's Taxonomies.
  4. Write learning objectives.
  5. Discuss how learning objectives guide the instructional design process.

Online Module

When completing the on-line module you will be presented with learning objectives, brief cases, questions for reflection (not scored), and interactive lessons with hyperlinks to engage you along the way. Once you complete the lessons, you will be presented with the Post Test (which requires a score of 80%) and then the Module Evaluation, followed by the opportunity to print your Continuing Education Certificate. Modules remain available for your future reference once you have completed them.