Domains of Learning


After determining the purpose of your course in the context of its program and reflecting on how your course might prepare learners for professional life after completing the program, the next step in building a vision is to lay out the goals and outcomes. To think about outcomes, it is important to familiarize yourself with the three domains of learning: Cognitive Domain (Knowledge), Psychomotor Domain (Skills), and Affective Domain (Attitudes). These three domains are often referred to as KSA (knowledge, skills, and attitudes). Understanding the three domains will help you create or identify the competencies for your course, which is the first step in writing outcomes. Read more detailed descriptions of each domain of learning below.

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