Office of Education Development and Gateway Education

What are Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO's)?

Intended Learning Outcomes Having cleared up any confusion over outcomes, we can now look at how we create outcomes for our course. They are called Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO's) because in good learning environments, students also learn many additional things about the academic subject, working with others, dealing with difficult people, teamwork, and general life and learning skills which are not necessarily included in our ILO's. These are called Unintended Learning Outcomes.

Intended Learning Outcomes are: Statements of what students are expected to be able to do as a result of engaging in the learning process (studying a lecture/course/programme). They are:

  • Expressed from the students' perspective.
  • Expressed in the form of action verbs leading to observable and assessable behaviour.
  • Related to criteria for assessing student performance.