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Writing Learning Objectives

A learning objective is a statement that describes the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities that participants will gain from the educational activity.

When developing objectives, ask these questions:

  1. What should the result of the educational activity be for participants?
  2. What should the participant be able to do?
  3. What should the participant know?

The Continuous Professional Development Accreditation (CPDA) Section has developed the following resources to help you write effective learning objectives for your CME activities. Download these helpful guides today.

Tips for Writing Learning Objectives

Writing Effective Learning Objectives Using Bloom’s Taxonomy