Clearly Defined Learning Objectives
Clearly defined learning objectives, expressed as performance outcomes demonstrating the successful learning of information and skills, should be presented at the beginning of each resource block.
Learning objectives can act as advance organisers for novice learners who are new to the content domain, providing a scafold as to how new information should be constructed anew, or how it should be linked to existing schemas.
Learning objectives can act as primers for non-novice learners, eliciting activation of their currently held schemas in the area preparing them for further expansion or generalisation to incorporate the new information.
Learning objectives assist in performance of administrative tasks as they provide visibility of the various performance outcomes for learners, instructors and administrative staff.
In summary, clearly defined learnng objectives prepare learners for new information and provide visibility of performance outcomes.