On Learning Objectives: A Response to Jeff Noonan

Geoff Cain, Brainstorm in Progress, Mar 11, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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This post is a response to Jeff Noonan's recent post against learning outcomes. Noonan writes, "there is no clear pedagogical value to learning outcomes. If there is no pedagogical value how are we to understand the current fad? As part of the attack on the professional autonomy of professors because it constitutes a barrier to the imposition of market discipline on universities." The response is less a criticism and more an exposition followed by as assertion generally of the form "x is not necessarily the case," which is always true, but a feeble objection.

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