Clear, well-designed and transparent course learning outcomes (CLOs) benefit both faculty and the student.
Clear, well-designed CLOs help faculty determine exactly what they care about. This can help create focus on why content is being taught, and why activities are being chosen.
Beginning with this focus helps ensure meaningful things happen in your classroom instead of covering as much content as possible and hoping students may care by the end of the course as a side effect.
Transparent CLOs help students understand why they are learning what they’re learning and why theses specific pieces of information and tasks are important.
Having clear connections between activities and outcomes helps students see where in the big picture what they’re doing fits. These establish student expectations and can increase motivation when students understand the reason for and value of what they’re doing.