Western Kentucky University

School of Teacher Education

Writing Instructional Objectives

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Sections of This Tutorial

  • Definition and rationale of goals and objectives
  • Differences between goals and objectives
  • Components of objectives
  • Types of objectives
  • Verbs to use and not to use
  • Building objectives
  • Create your own objective
  • Test of Knowledge

Purpose of this Tutorial

The purpose of this tutorial is to help you write meaningful instructional objectives that guide the development of assessments and instruction.

Objectives for this tutorial are as follows:

  • Participants in this tutorial will be able to define and describe why objectives are important with 80% accuracy on multiple choice or true/false questions.
  • Participants in this tutorial will be able to state, describe, and recognize the basic four components of an instructional objective with 80% accuracy on multiple choice or true/false questions.
  • Participants in this tutorial will be able to discriminate between goals and objectives with 80% accuracy on multiple choice questions.
  • Participants in this tutorial will be able to discriminate between good and poor examples of instructional objectives with 80% accuracy on true/false questions.
  • Participants in this tutorial will be able to classify examples of instructional objectives according to the level of Bloom’s taxonomy with 80% accuracy on multiple choice questions.
  • When prompted with a problem statement, participants in this tutorial will be able to write valid instructional objectives matched to that problem earning a score of Proficient (3) or above on the scoring rubric.

Procedures for participating in this tutorial and receiving credit:

  1. Give basic information about yourself, school, position (teacher or university student), email of instructor/supervisor, etc.
  2. The first six sections of this tutorial teach about writing instructional objectives.
  3. Section seven assesses your new skill in writing instructional objectives. (Objective 6)
  4. Section 8 uses a game format to assess your knowledge about instructional objectives. (Objectives 1-5)
  5. A report of your achievement on each objective will be displayed for you to print and one will be emailed to your instructor/supervisor.
 Last Modified 7/24/13