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Nov 16 2021

Get SMART: Crafting Learning Objectives to Foster and Measure Student Learning

CATE Teaching Tidbits Workshops - Fall 2021

November 16, 2021

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM


Zoom Webinar

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As an instructor, you generally have a clear idea of what you want to teach in your class and how you plan to accomplish it. But are you confident that your students understand your expectations for what you want them to learn or be able to do? Crafting clear learning objectives for your course is helpful in setting course expectations for your students and in developing effective means for assessing your students’ learning. During this online workshop we will explore different frameworks, or educational taxonomies, that can be used to inform learning objectives. We will then draft, or revise, course learning objectives to be SMART: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Bound.

After participating in this online workshop you will be able to:

  • Describe the importance of learning objectives for both instructors and students
  • Draft or revise course learning objectives using the SMART framework
  • Identify how you might assess students’ mastery of or progress towards achievement of your learning objectives


Video Recording Notification: CATE’s online events take place on Zoom and may be recorded when attendees are in the main Zoom room. Recordings will be made available with captioning through UIC’s cloud-based platform, Panopto; you will need to log in with your UIC NetID to view the videos. If you do not wish to have your video recorded, please turn off your video when you are in the main Zoom room.  If the breakout group feature is used by presenters, no recording will take place so feel free to turn your video back on at that time.

Inclusivity & Accessibility Information: UIC is committed to full inclusion and participation of people with disabilities in all aspects of university life. CATE’s online events are delivered through Zoom and may include breakout rooms and group discussion. CATE’s in-person events typically involve a combination of presentation and discussion-based activities. We welcome ASL interpreters, note-takers, and accompanying assistants to all CATE events. If you have questions about access, such as parking or building layouts, or wish to request accommodations for our programming, such as real-time captioning (CART), ASL services, or obtaining event materials in alternative formats, please contact the event lead, Erin Stapleton-Corcoran (



Erin Stapleton-Corcoran

Date posted

Sep 21, 2021

Date updated

Sep 23, 2021