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Understanding of What We Learn


About This Course

A good higher education system ensures that teaching and assessment are tuned to support high level learning. It encourages and supports all students to use higher-order learning processes and emphasizes the importance of meaningful learning and active student engagement in the learning process. Defining intended learning outcomes (ILOs) is essential when designing courses, as it serves as a guide for instructors to develop appropriate learning activities, assessments, and instructional materials that align with their goals for students. The educators can enable this way that their students achieve the desired learning outcomes and develop the skills and knowledge needed for success in their future careers. In this course, you will learn how to create effective Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs). You will gain inspiration on how to approach this and have the opportunity to create ILOs for the course you teach. Completing this course will take approximately two hours.

Intended learning outcomes

Completing this short online course the participants will be able to:
- Give reasons why defining learning outcomes is important in education.
- Apply principles how to design sound Intended Learning Outcomes for a course.
- Create Intended Learning Outcomes for the course in which they teach.
- Reflect on own learning experiences and the impact that creating of intended learning outcomes have on education and the quality of learning process in a course.

Welcome to join this short online course!


The target group of this course are primarily lecturers who teach in higher education.There are no pre-requisites to follow this course.

Course Staff

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Natasa Brouwer

Natasa Brouwer is senior consultant (HE science education) at Teaching and Learning Centre, Faculty of Science, University of Amsterdam.

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    Total time spent: 2 hours