What is the most important thing in your course for students to know or do in five years? That’s the question that we use to start the first consultation we have with instructors. It is important to understand what you expect of students. This becomes the foundation that instructors build their course. Once they know what the consider to be the most important part of their course, they can begin to build the learning objectives that will guide students in their learning.
This website has great resources on building good learning objectives that are student centered and help to guide students. This website also shows the importance of alignment. This is where you align your assessments and learning activities with specific learning objectives. This helps to eliminate confusion and keep students on track with what the instructor finds to be the most important parts of the course.