Office of Education Development and Gateway Education
Online Student Guide for OBTL

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO's)

Intended Learning Outcomes

Intended Learning Outcomes are what YOU are expected to be able to do after a lecture/course/programme/project/field trip etc. They are:
  • Expressed from the YOUR perspective.
  • Expressed in the form of action verbs.
  • Related to criteria for assessing your performance.

They are called Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO's) because in good learning environments, you may 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.