When creating learning objectives for a course, instructors have a lot of options to consider. In response to a recent survey by Cengage Learning, instructors revealed that they tend to track multiple learning outcomes. The following graph shows eleven themes instructors use in the process of creating learning objectives specifically suited for their courses.

Instructors' primary learning outcome themes

Most common is critical thinking at 86%, followed by problem solving at 72%, and conceptual thinking at 53%.

If you’re new to the process of selecting learning outcomes—it helps to look at what other instructors are tracking. What are some of the most prevalent themes you see in your department?

For some examples that address the above popular learning objectives, check out these Cengage Learning success stories:

Aplia™ Helps Psychology Students Understand and Think Critically with Course Concepts

Two Times the Engagement: Enhanced WebAssign and Aplia Aid in Conceptual Learning

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