Purpose: Learning Outcome
 
What's the purpose of your campfire? Is it for warmth, to cook food, or simply for fun? You should be able to answer the question: why are we making this campfire?
 
When designing web-based learning environments, finding a few good websites is just the beginning. Draw students into the web resources by asking them to solve a problem, address an issue, or answer a question. Rather than focusing on the topic or website, try to identify a specific learning outcome. What do you want your students to be able to do or talk about at the end of the activity? Keep in mind that the activity is not about Internet, the specific website, or even the subject area. It's about learning a skill, acquiring a concept, or solving a problem that will transfer to other learning experiences down the road. When identifying outcomes, consider the cognitive, social, affective, kinetic, and metacognitive areas.
"State", "list", and "describe" are common directions for activities found in traditional worksheets and textbooks. Add a spark to your learning outcome by focusing on higher-level, thought-provoking activities.
 
Share your active words and learning outcome with a peer.
 

add
alphabetize
analyze
animate
apply
appraise
arrange
assemble
brainstorm
browse
build
carve
categorize
choose
classify
cluster
color
compare
compile
complete
compose
compute
conclude
conduct
connect
construct
contrast
convert
correct
create
cut
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defend
define
demonstrate
derive
describe
design
designate
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develop
diagnose
diagram
differentiate
discuss
dissect
distinguish
document
draw
estimate
evaluate
examine
explain
explore
extrapolate
find out
fit
formulate
generate
give-an-example
graph
hit
hold
identify
illustrate
indicate
infer
install
interpret
invent
judge
justify
label
list
locate
make
manipulate
match
measure
memorize
modify
multiply
name
operate
order
organize
outline
paint
paraphrase
plan
plot
position
predict
prepare
present
pretend
prioritize
produce
pronounce
put-in-order
rank
rate
read
rearrange
recall
reconstruct
reduce
relate
remove
reorganize
restate
retell-with-your-words
revise
rewrite
select
share
show
sketch
solve
sort
speak
specify
spell
square
state
subtract
suggest
summarize
support
swing
synthesize
tabulate
tell
time
trace
translate
type
use
verbalize
verify
weigh
write
Developed by Annette Lamb, 4/99.