Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes are statements that describe what students need to know, value and be able to do after a particular learning experience. Learning outcomes guide the design of programs and courses, facilitate transfer agreements, simplify course planning, improve student learning.

Types of Learning Outcomes

Program learning outcomes are statements that describe what our learners will know and be able to do with that knowledge after completing ALL required courses in a program.

Course learning outcomes describe what our students will know and be able to do after completing a particular course. Course learning outcomes are the stepping stones that help students eventually achieve program learning outcomes.


TCDC has created 2 short videos to on learning outcomes. In our first video, we introduce what learning outcomes are, the benefits of using them for both instructors and students, what to consider when developing them, and examples from different disciplines.

In our second video, we review the structure of a well-written learning outcome and walk you through the steps to writing and/or revising them.


These handouts offers tips on developing program-level learning outcomes and developing course-level learning outcomes.

These handouts on Bloom’s taxonomy of educational objectives and the SOLO Taxonomy can help you select the appropriate level for your learning outcomes as well as aligned learning assessments.


If you would like one-on-one support or a department workshop on developing or refining learning outcomes, please contact the Curriculum Consultant for your department or tcdc@langara.ca.