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This is an important issue you raise. I have found that when I am explicit with my students about learning outcomes, they are able to produce work that is more in line with my expectations. This means they are learning what I want and hope they are learning. The course ends up having a far greater focus as a result.

Jerry Green

Thanks, Brad. Based on my own experience, I think you're exactly right.

One thing I probably should have said in the original post is that learning outcomes are often viewed as this annoying, useless, externally imposed requirement from some administrator who likes pedagogical fads. But they can be really helpful, powerful tools if properly used, for the reason you mention among others.

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