Learning Objectives Information & Example Terminology

An educational learning 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.

Effective Learning Objectives 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)


The following are some examples of verbs that help to make objectives specific and measureable:

Knowledge Verbs – Define, Memorize, List, Recall, Repeat, Relate, Name, Repeat

Comprehension Verbs – Restate, Discuss, Describe, Identify, Locate, Report, Explain, Express, Recognize, Review

Application Verbs – Translate, Interpret, Apply, Practice, Illustrate, Operate, Demonstrate, Dramatize, Sketch, Employ, Schedule, Use

Analysis Verbs – Distinguish, Differentiate, Appraise, Analyze, Calculate, Criticize, Compare, Contrast, Examine, Test, Relate, Experiment

Synthesis Verbs – Compose, Plan, Propose, Design, Assemble, Create, Prepare, Formulate, Organize, Manage, Construct, Set-up

Evaluation Verbs – Judge, Appraise, Evaluate, Revise, Score, Select, Measure, Value, Estimate, Choose, Compute, Assess


Learning objectives information and example terminology retrieved 12/19/2012 from http://med.fsu.edu/uploads/files/FacultyDevelopment_WritingObjectives.pdf