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Learning Objective

A learning objective gives the way to meeting the aim (intent) of a course/program of learning.

Learning Outcome

A Learning outcome identifies what the learner will know and be able to do by the end of a course or programme. The learning outcomes give measurable results from studying the course or program. Assessment is against the outcomes.

ASTM E2629-17 considers a learning outcome as a ‘statement of what learners are expected to know or be able to do as a result of the certificate program’s learning event or program (recognizing that actual learning outcomes may or may not be those intended)’.

Learning program

Description of the training, mentoring, and relevant experience needed to gain a particular competence.