Computer Technologies Internship Program: Student Learning Objectives
Learning objectives are intended to assist the student in establishing a plan for learning from the internship work experience and should answer the following questions.
- What will be accomplished?
- When will it be accomplished?
- How will it be accomplished?
- How will achievement of the objectives be measured?
The information below will assist in developing objectives. Please draft the objectives on the worksheet before entering them on the learning objectives form . The following pages provide ideas and examples to help you formulate your objectives.
Learning objectives are developed by the supervisor and the faculty adviser .The learning objectives form is to be completed and distributed to the student, supervisor and instructor within two weeks after placement and registration are completed.
Use action words
- To write
- To assemble
- To investigate
- To recite
- To learn
- To report
- To comply
- To select
- To increase
- To apply
- To develop
- To reduce
List of Action Words for Learning Objectives
- ANALYZE quantitative data, statistical data or human social situations
- APPRAISE or evaluate programs, services or performance of individuals
- ARRANGE social functions, events or meetings between people
- ASSUME responsibility for varied duties and job function
- CLASSIFY and sort information into categories
- COMPILE statistical data, facts or information
- COMPLETE in-house training course, correspondence studies, etc assigned by supervisor
- COORDINATE events involving groups of people
- CONDUCT special meetings and/or training sessions, etc
- CREATE new systems or processes
- CROSS-TRAIN with different coworkers or supervisors
- MAKE DECISIONS or alternatives within a certain situation
- DEMONSTRATE the ability to perform certain job functions previously unknown
- DELEGATE tasks to others or give responsibility to others on a work team
- DESIGN new systems, forms, plans, processes and/or duties and responsibilities
- DEVELOP a working knowledge of various job processes and/or duties
- EVALUATE a program or judge the performance of a process or individual
- EXAMINE by administering written tests
- EXPLAIN by justifying one's action or making obscure ideas clear to others
- EXPRESS feelings to individuals or to groups
- FIND and research information from various sources or people that can be helpful
- IMPLEMENT new plans, procedures or ideas within the business organization
- IMPROVE skills in shorthand, typing, office machines, etc
- INCREASE level of output, number of contacts, amount of sales
- INITIATE personal contacts or new ideas and ways of doing things
- INTERPRET other languages or meaning of statistical data
- INVESTIGATE by seeking the underlying causes of a problem
- LEARN the techniques of operating new equipment, new procedures at the job site
- MANAGE the work of others or the processing of information
- MEMORIZE data, lists, etc, that may be necessary on the job
- ORGANIZE certain tasks or information and arrange it in an interpretable form
- PERSUADE by influencing others to see your point of view
- PLAN and organize a project
- QUESTION to obtain information or clarification
- READ and/or review company or product information
- RESEARCH by extracting information form libraries, archives, etc
- REVIEW by reassessing the effects of a program or performance of an individual
- REVISE present policies, procedures or method of operation
- SCHEDULE meetings, conferences, etc
- TRAIN to perform in newly assigned job responsibilities
- WRITE correspondence, reports, memos, programs, sales presentations, promotional brochures or sales manuals
Examples of Learning Objectives
A quality learning objective, written in behavioral terms should address WHEN the objective should be met, WHAT should be done, HOW the objective is to be accomplished and SHOW HOW the successfully completed objective is to be measured (EVALUATION).
By December 3 (when) I will have written complete job descriptions (what) for my two immediate supervisors, using existing records and personal interviews (how) and will type the results in a report form (evaluation).
By March 5 (when) I will have learned the WordPerfect 5.1 program for IBM-compatible PCs (what) by attending two training classes (how) and receiving a certificate of successful completion (evaluation).
By August 3 (when) I will be able to identify, remove and replace damaged components in 10 different pieces of selected equipment, without error (what), by reading the appropriate repair and maintenance manuals (how) as verified by my job supervisor (evaluation).
By October 15 (when) I will have written a D.P. program (what) using the "ID" CAM VSAM Access method (how) and will run this program upon request (evaluation).
By December 9 (when) I will have prepared a company vacation policy manual (what) from information gained from interviews and meetings with my supervisor (how) and will prepare this information in a handout to be given to each employee (evaluation).
By September 5 (when) I will increase by typing speed by 15 wpm (what) by taking five timed typing tests every day (how) as measured by keeping a record of all my tests during the semester (evaluation).
By August 3 (when) I will have increased my accounts by five clients (what) by increasing my sales calls (how). Each new client will have submitted at least one order (evaluation).
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