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More Suggestions for Writing SMART Objectives:


S M A R T

Results-focused
  • Measures outputs or results (not activities)
  • Includes products, accomplishments

Example #1:

Original Objective:
The Teaching Methods Committee will identify and promote teaching materials useful to practicing bibliographic instruction librarians.

Results-focused Objective:
The Teaching Methods Committee will post discussion notes from the ACRL Instruction Section Midwinter Discussion Forum 2000 "Share Your Teaching Toolkit: Best Practices in Library Instruction" on its Web site to promote teaching materials useful to practicing bibliographic instruction librarians.


Example #2:

Original Objective:
The Emerging Technologies in Instruction Committee will promote and facilitate the use of emerging technologies in bibliographic instruction.

Results-focused Objective:
The Emerging Technologies in Instruction Committee will develop documents that define, explain, and provide examples of uses of emerging technologies in order to assist educators who are considering or have already started integrating them in their courses.

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