# Checklist

• Are the outcomes specific?
• Are the outcomes simply stated?
• Are the outcomes written using action verbs to specify definite, observable behavior?
• Do they use vague or unclear language, such as "understand" or "comprehend"?
• Do the outcomes clearly describe and define the expected abilities, knowledge, and values of learners?
• Are learners at the center of the outcome, or does it focus on the teacher behaviors?
• Does the language used describe a learning outcome, not a process or activity?
• Is it possible to collect accurate and measurable data for each outcome?
• If not, can it be re-written?
• Is it possible to use a single method to measure each outcome?
• Can the outcomes be used to identify areas for improvement?
• Are the outcomes aligned with the mission, vision, values, and goals of the institution? program? course?
• Taken together, would the indicators associated with the outcomes accurately reflect the key results of the program?

Source: UMD Libraries, Learning Outcomes