Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes are direct statements that describe the essential knowledge and abilities that students should possess, and the depth of learning that is expected upon completion of a course or program. Students benefit from clearly articulated and assessed course-level learning outcomes, which are also the foundation for an effectively aligned and integrated curriculum.

Remote Teaching Learning Outcomes Resources

Looking for information about learning outcomes while teaching remotely? Visit the Learning Outcomes section of our Remote Teaching website which includes the following resources on learning outcomes:

  • A Guide to Learning Outcomes at the University of Alberta
  • Program Learning Outcomes for Thesis-Based Programs: A How-To Guide
  • How to Clearly Articulate Learning Outcomes?
  • Effective Alignment and Integration of Learning Outcomes, Instruction, and Assessments
  • Best Practices Informing the Writing of Learning Outcomes
  • Making sure your learning outcomes are SMART (Specific, Measurable, Aattainable, Rrelevant, Timely).


CTL is available to consult with individual instructors who wish to write/review their course learning outcomes.

Should a department of faculty wish to review their curriculum for alignment and coherence, sequencing and continuity of student learning outcomes across a program and the like, CTL's faculty and staff are able to provide counsel to guide the process.

Invited Workshops

In addition to our regular CTL workshops (see Events), we are available to facilitate workshops for groups of instructors in a program or unit who are writing/reviewing learning outcomes.

Request a workshop or consultation service by filling out CTL's Request for Consultation Service Form.