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How to Write Course Objectives and Learning Goals

We know what you’re thinking… course objectives and learning goals—YAWN. They can be boring, yes, but come to this Session and see how and why these two formerly boring concepts can be sexy. Learn how they are part of what holds the key to happier, more successful clients for your dog training business.

Who should attend?
This Session is for business owners and managers, as well as trainers who teach group classes and offer individual training.

What you’ll learn?
If you’ve never even thought about course objectives (or why you might want to), this Session is for you! It’s also for you if you know about them, but don’t yet use them.

You’ll see how course objectives and learning goals are central to the success and satisfaction of your clients. These two concepts are crucial to the development of a solid and achievable training plan that will (1) teach the dog, (2) teach the client, and (3) ultimately lead to logical, fluid, and effective training plans and group class offerings.

We will be working as a group (or a few small groups, we’re flexible) on a few common real-life course objectives. You’ll practice using Bloom’s Taxonomy (covered in this Session, don’t worry) to write course objectives and learning goals that you can take back to your business and implement right away. Plus, you’ll have a neat little template to use to build course objectives that are specific to what you teach.

Laurie Luck

Laurie Luck has been involved in the dog world for more than 25 years. Her formal education includes a master of arts degree in psychology, but she credits dogs for teaching her the most important concepts of behavior and training.

An entrepreneur (Smart Dog University) and social media enthusiast, Laurie delights in sharing her knowledge and experience with dog owners across the country. She is committed to helping improve the lives of dogs through education of the humans at the end of the leash. Laurie's YouTube channel offers free dog-training videos, and her blog details training experiences and ideas that every dog owner will find helpful. New(ish) to running, she has found a way to share that passion with her dogs. Laurie wrote several articles on her blog detailing her progress—and the progress of her canine running partner. The girl who hated running has run a half-marathon!

A member of the ClickerExpo faculty, Laurie has been a Karen Pryor Academy faculty member of since 2008. She leads the Dog Trainer Professional (DTP) program at various locations in the United States. Laurie has spoken at regional and national conferences about both dog behavior and social media.

Laurie has been a volunteer puppy-raiser for a service-dog organization since 2001. She has had a hand in raising and training more than 20 service dogs and enjoys being involved in the education of dogs that go on to do so much good for their human partners. Laurie combines her passion for puppies with her passion for craft beer by visiting local breweries with whatever service dog she's raising.