Learning is a lifelong process. But why is that? As you grow older, you learn new things. You can’t just stop learning. What is it about our brains that makes learning such an important part of our lives? It might be because we need to keep up with the ever-changing world around us. Learning objectives are one core part of a course. They are what the learner should be able to do at the end of the course. A good learning objective will include what, how and why something will happen at the end of the course. Here’s how you can create successful learning outcomes for your course!

What is a learning objective?

A learning objective is not just one of the things a learner should be able to do at the end of a course. It’s also what the learner should be able to do, as well as how they will accomplish that task and why they will succeed.

For example, try this:

  • What: Learners should be able to identify connections between poetry and music
  • How: Learners will answer questions about poems with musical references
  • Why: Learners who know the similarities between poetry and music can better understand their favorite songs

How to create successful learning objectives

A successful learning outcome is one that will teach the learner what they want to know, how they should do it and why they want to use this new knowledge.

  • What: The specific goal of the learner should be included in a clear and concise way.
  • How: The steps needed to reach the goal should be plainly explained. 
  • Why: This can either be an explanation of why the learner wants to learn this particular skill or why the course designer thinks it’s important for the learner’s development.

A good learning outcome might include something like “At the end of this course, learners will have learned how to create an effective marketing plan.” This might include what their plan would contain, how long it should be and why it is necessary for a company’s success.


Now that you have a better understanding of how to create successful learning outcomes for your course, you can ensure that your students are able to meet the desired learning objectives. Learning outcomes are what you want your students to learn from your course, and the more clear you are about them, the more successful your course will be.