Learning to Hate Learning Objectives

Learning to Hate Learning Objectives 1

Geoffrey Moss for The Chronicle Review

Enlarge Image
close Learning to Hate Learning Objectives 1

Geoffrey Moss for The Chronicle Review

Like many of my colleagues, I assume, I'm growing deeply frustrated with the need for "learning objectives"—that list of superficial projections and assumptions that most syllabi these days are required to contain ("Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to … "). Perhaps learning objectives make sense for most courses outside the humanities, but for me—as, no doubt, for many others—they bear absolutely no connection to anything that happens in the