Learning Outcomes for Independent Learning

I have a large collection of lesson plans from many years of observation work (thank you teachers!) One of the things I’m interested in researching is how well the learning outcomes have been written. Have a guess how many in my evidence base are written ‘correctly’. Spoiler alert: around 10%. It’s not surprising really, as many of us live our lives by writing ‘to-do’ lists; and that’s what most of the learning outcomes are too. Trouble is, if the objective is simply to ‘do stuff’ in a lesson, then too often the assessment strategy is just an audit of whether or not ‘stuff was done’.

In this image, ‘learner A’ is over at the right of the frame. By the end of the lesson, they need to have walked the carpet and become ‘learner B’. If they don’t leave your lesson as a different person, then both teacher and learner could legitimately ask whether that was an unmissable learning experience.

Learning outcomes express how our learners should be different by the end of the lesson. But there’s much more to it than that.. If you’re curious to know more, then do please come and join us on Wednesday afternoon, January 20th, from 1:00 to 4:30. www.ccqi.org.uk/learningoutcomesonline

Learning Outcomes for Independent Learning

The proactive development of independent learning skills

  • Location    Zoom
  • Time           Wednesday January 20th (13:00 – 16:30)
  • Cost           £39

Or

  • Location    Zoom
  • Time           Friday March 19th (13:00 – 16:30)
  • Cost           £39

Full details here: www.ccqi.org.uk/learningoutcomesonline

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Learning Outcomes for Independent Learning

This session will enable delegates to:
  • identify the independent learning traits they wish to develop in their learners
  • write examples of learning outcomes focused on the development of learners’ independent learning skills
  • write learning outcomes focused on the development of cognitive skills, physical skills and attitudinal change.
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Have your say:

Did the session help you understand how commonplace teaching habits can reduce or deny the development of learners’ independent learning skills? Are you now able to see how you can constructively review your own practice? Please use the comments form to the right to leave us your thoughts. Are you experimenting with learners’ independent learning skills, and would you be willing to share your ideas for the benefit of others? Please use the email address on the Contact page and we’d be delighted to add your example to our growing resource.

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  1. Dina AlKhatib
    January 23, 2021 @ 06:06 pm

    The workshop was very useful and full of rich information that would help teachers to provide better teaching experience

  2. Tony Davis
    January 25, 2021 @ 10:10 am

    Thank you, Dina. It was a great pleasure to have you join the session. Best wishes, Tony.

  3. ian Bremner
    February 25, 2021 @ 01:01 pm

    Absolutely fab session. Obtaining a clear colour coded structure to write effective outcomes is going to transform my planning and make it so much more efficient, just changing the verb to a skill makes so much more sense creating clearer direction to a key focus of the session. The differentiation of writing outcomes that support resilience, curiosity etc will be a challenge, I can see this having a real positive outcome of my students learning journey.

  4. Jade Gibson
    March 12, 2021 @ 01:01 pm

    Hi Tony – would love the resilience resource you mentioned! Great session – so many take-aways for me 🙂

    Jade Gibson

  5. Saira Arjumand
    March 19, 2021 @ 04:04 pm

    Thank you Tony for a wonderful session, learnt a lot new concepts regarding the learning outcomes.

  6. Jamie Lenton
    June 23, 2021 @ 02:02 pm

    Thanks for the ideas and the innovative way you approached the subject of ‘lesson objectives’…

  7. Mahmoud Matan
    September 1, 2022 @ 04:04 pm

    attended Teacher Training very useful session

  8. Heather Booth-Martin
    December 9, 2022 @ 05:05 pm

    Thank you Tony, this was a thought provoking and valuable session which flew by . I have taken away numerous resources and approaches that I will be able to put into practice.

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Learning Outcomes for Independent Learning

The proactive development of independent learning skills

Available in-person or online.

Learning outcome quiz

(You might be surprised where this takes you.)

Next open, online session:

  • Location     Zoom
  • Date            tbc (please contact for bespoke options)
  • Time           13:00 – 16:30
  • Cost            £39

To book onto this session, please click the Request Invoice (if you are an organisation) or PayPal  (if you are an individual). To request an invoice for larger bookings, please drop me a line.
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Typical inspection issues

  • Too few teachers plan lessons carefully enough. As a result, students do not make fast enough progress.
  • Teachers and assessors do not use the information they have of learners’ prior skills and knowledge, or of the progress they make on their courses, to ensure that learning is demanding.

Duration

3.25 hour interactive online training session.

Publicity information

Imagine a class full of expert, independent learners who love learning. Teaching heaven? A challenge many teachers face is believing the above to be unattainable, and so spend their days dealing with whatever learners they’re given as best they can, rather than proactively developing the learners they ideally want.

If you’d like to look at a strategy for producing your ideal learner, then this session may be able to help. We’ll look at the expert learning skills you wish all learners had, and then look at the precise art of writing the learning outcomes that will enable you to develop them. When all three components of a learning outcome are correct, and when all three types of outcome are covered regularly (Brain, Body and Attitude) you cannot help but change your pedagogy to achieve them.

For too many teachers, the approach to lesson planning is to focus on the ‘stuff’ they want to get through, rather than how they want learners to be ‘different’ as a result. Working with expert, independent learners may feel like utopia, but it is definitely not unattainable.

This session will enable delegates to:

  • identify the independent learning traits they wish to develop in their learners
  • write examples of learning outcomes focused on the development of learners’ independent learning skills
  • write learning outcomes focused on the development of cognitive skills, physical skills and attitudinal change.

What the delegates say

For an overview of feedback on this session, please click here.

These comments can be invaluable when generating curiosity about forthcoming training.

  • Lots of Eureka moments and pennies dropping – everything made sense.   Abingdon and Witney College
  • Loved the idea of creating curiosity in my learners from the outset, encouraging them to learn outside the lesson.  Leicestershire Adult Learning Service
  • I was on an island and a boat passed by and picked me up.  New College Nottingham
  • As a new tutor I struggle to develop lesson plans. This session has opened my eyes.
  • Cannot wait to try out lots of new ideas.  New College Nottingham
  • I hadn’t realised the importance of setting outcomes that challenge skills to be an expert learner.
  • (I need to) completely change the way I address lesson plans.  North Lindsey College
  • Bubbling like Prosecco!  Sussex Downs College
  • Excellent session. It was Bleak House, but we now have Great Expectations, and Tony is our Mutual FriendWest Cheshire College

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