Objectives keep an activity focused, communicate the purpose of the activity, and for the bases of your evaluations.
A good objective answers the question: “What is something measurable that participants be able to do because of their participation in this activity?”
CME objectives must reach a level of change in competency, or above, as described by Dr. Moore. See Tools and Resources below for additional information.
The following tools will help you craft CME-compliant objectives that can be evaluated.
- How to Write Great Learning Objectives, by Kevin Kruse – An easy to understand article detailing the how to write learning objectives
- A Model of Learning Objectives – A wonderful, interactive web site by Iowa State University. Based upon the revised model of Bloom’s Taxonomy, mouse-over different sections for examples of level-based verbs.
- Performance and Learning Objectives in Instructional Design – An article detailing the key components of measurable objectives.
- Achieving Desired Results and Improved Outcomes, By Moore, et al. JCEHP, 29, 2009
- Bloom’s Taxonomy, Wikipedia entry – Additional information about how the verbs used in constructing Learning Objectives relate to the abilities of the audience.
- Moore’s Taxonomy, with examples.pdf – Dr. Moore’s taxonomy of educational hierarchies.
- Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy – This web site applies the revision of Bloom’s Taxonomy to emerging technology.
Terms to avoid in Learning Objectives
• Be acquainted with
• Be aware of
• Grasp the
• Sympathize with
• Be familiar with
• Increase interest
Previously approved Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be better able to:
- Explain the ergonomics, theory and rational for reproducible laparoscopic suturing
- Apply skills learned to relevant reproductive surgery including myomectomy and tubal surgery
- Demonstrate measurable improvement in laparoscopic suturing skills
- Identify areas where critical information is lacking and specify needs for future studies
- Summarize the current literature regarding the impact of fibroids on fertility and the outcomes of myomectomy (abdominal, laparoscopic, or hysteroscopic) as they affect fertility, as well as on IVF outcomes