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Learning Objectives

Learning objectives play a crucial role in the design of the portfolio. They do not only help structure the content, but also enable students to tell a coherent story about their learning and accomplishments.

Simulise provides a structured collection of documents, evidence and reflections that reflect a student’s development and performance over a period of time.

What are learning objectives?

Learning objectives serve as the starting point for creating a portfolio. Before gathering documents, the student should clearly identify what is to be accomplished and what aspects of that should be emphasized.

In Simulise, students not only present evidence but also record reflections. Learning objectives provide a basis for self-reflection and describe what behavior is expected of a student. This allows students to describe how specific activities contributed to achieving goals, what challenges were overcome and what was learned in the process.



Learning objectives are closely linked to competencies. Competencies provide information about a student’s ability. This ability relates to several areas: knowledge, qualities, skills and talents.

Many study courses work with competency profiles. This means that various competencies are bundled. If all of these competencies have been achieved, then the student has reached a specific professional level. The goal is to meet various competencies by the end of a given period.

This is where the learning objectives come in. By setting a personal learning goal, competencies can be achieved step by step.

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