A learning objective defines what we want the learners to know and/or be able to do by the end of a given learning experience.
By contrast, course goals are what we want the course to accomplish. Both should be “SMART”: Specifici, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Targeted/Time-bound.
The following resources are aimed at helping faculty draft SMART learning objectives and course goals:
Contact FID to request one-on-one guidance or small group workshops in how to write effective learning objectives.