Learning Outcomes & Educational Outline


Learning Outcomes Information & Example Terminology

Every abstract submission must include three learning outcomes which are appropriate for the target audience (RN/APRN). An educational learning outcome/objective is a statement in specific and measurable terms that describes what the learner will know or be able to do as a result of engaging in a learning activity. Each outcome should begin with an action verb (see list below) and complete the sentence "Upon completion of this presentation, participants will be able to...". (Example: Describe three features of APNA membership.)

Effective Learning Outcomes are:

  • Consistent with the goals of the presentation
  • Clearly stated
  • Clearly measurable
  • Realistic and doable
  • Appropriate for the level of the learner
  • Worthy (Important information)


We recommend that you use Bloom's Taxonomy action verbs for your outcomes. Here is a handout which lists the different categories and possible verbs (click the image to download the pdf).



Educational Outline Summary Information

The educational outline summary, required as a part of the abstract submission, will answer the following two questions:

  • What will you present?
    • Examples: case studies, theories, examples, charts/graphs, etc.
  • How will you engage the participants/learners in the presentation?
    • Examples: Q&A, feedback, discussion, small groups, etc.
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