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Article Title: Specifying a Criterion in Performance Objectives

Publication: Integrated Learnings: eLearning

Summary: Writing precise and effective performance objectives for training includes specifying criteria for successful performance. Most resources suggest that a criterion must be measurable – ideally, associated with an objective number. Since this is not feasible for all performance objectives, this article suggests descriptive alternatives to use as criteria.

Many of the resources that explain how to write objectives suggest that a criterion should be specific and objectively measurable. Ideal candidates include just about any measure you can associate with a number – defect levels, speed/time, quantity quotas, etc. Like in the example above. This makes perfect sense. But most of my projects include several objectives with behaviors that aren’t directly countable.

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I regularly contribute to the Integrated Learnings: eLearning blog. My latest contribution is called Aligning Training to Performance Objectives…We All Do This…Right?. Click here to access the article directly.

I’ve contributed to this blog for a couple of months now, and I’m really enjoying it. Writing about the foundational principles of instructional design takes me back to my not-so-distant grad school days. And really, no matter how much experience you have in a field, it never hurts to refresh yourself on the basics.

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