Project Management Guide

Instructional Management Plan
Learning Objectives

It is important to set the learning objectives for students based on the content of a project. It is also becoming increasingly important to align these objectives with state and local curriculum standards and to match them to proficiency test benchmarks. Additionally, identifying specific student goals and communicating those goals to the students is an integral part of any project.

EXAMPLE:  Middle school science students use the Biological Timing Online Science Experiment to learn how to integrate technology and scientific research. Their role is to act as teams of "expert scientists" who investigate and communicate their findings to others. As part of the lesson plan developed for this project, the teacher identifies the specific learning objectives for the students. They are:

  1. Students will be able to gather and analyze sufficient data to predict hamster activity in response to light and dark conditions.

  2. Students will be able to compare and contrast theories that explain biological timing in at least two organisms.

  3. Students will be able to gather evidence about biological timing and propose viable solutions to improve students' morning sleep behavior and performance at their school.

  4. Students will be able to learn how to collect, tabulate and interpret quantitative and qualitative data online through observations, surveys and experiments on biological timing and circadian rhythms.



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