Learning objectives are statements that describe what a student should learn, know, or be able to do after completing a learning activity. Objectives can be defined by organizations, schools, course authors, etc. Most U.S. states define standard objectives in K-12 subjects, but not all states define the same sets of objectives.
Once set up, you can align activities and questions to objectives to track student mastery of the objectives. You add objectives as part of an Objective Set, which is a collection of objectives that belong together.
If a course needs to align activities with objectives from different sets, you can create an Objective Map to show which objectives should be correlated between those sets.
Example: if Objective 1 from Objective Set 1 covers simliar criteria as Objective 2 from Objective Set 2, and you need students to meet both, you would correlate those objectives. This is most frequently done to align state standards with a national standard.
Create the objective map
To create an Objective Map in your domain:
- Open Objectives using the Main Menu.
- Select Objective Maps, open the vertical menu from the toolbar, and click New.
- Provide Name, Owner (optional), and External ID (optional) content.
- Check the Inherit box if you want these objectives to appear in child or sub-domains.
Correlate objectives within the objective map
To correlate objectives within an existing objective map:
- Click the Objective Map ID for the map you want to add to.
- Select Mapping from the tabs bar.
- On this screen, click the vertical menu in the toolbar and:
- Select New to create a new map (this selection is continued below).
- Select Import to import an existing map.
- GUIDs for the Source and Correlation objectives; these are for organizational purposes only, and don't impact how the objectives are handled.
- The relative Weight to indicate the strength of the correlation. Higher numbers indicate greater correlation; if you leave all correlations with the same weight, they are treated equally.
- The map appears on the Mapping screen where you can Edit it or check the box, open the vertical menu in the toolbar and Delete it.
- Keep in mind that all changes impact subdomains.