The Benefits of Goal-based Learning

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the benefits of goal-based learning

If you haven't tried goal-based learning before, here are a couple of reasons why you should.


Having a clearly defined goal can be a powerful motivating force. The advantages of setting goals include:


  • making the direction of learning explicit to the student (and the teacher)
  • increasing students' motivation and achievement levels

(State Government of Victoria, 2019)

We have found five perspectives on the advantages of goal-based learning and its positive effects on engagement, motivation and achievement. We've listed the videos from shortest to most extended viewing times so you can go at your own pace - enjoy!


Setting appropriate goals for learning - Dr Genevieve Thraves.

Dr Genevieve Thraves is a Lecturer in Learning and Teaching and Inclusive Education at the University of New England. Dr Thraves's work focuses on appropriate educational options for high-ability students, interested in how giftedness is understood and realised across cultures. Dr Genevieve previously taught in Middle and High schools in the Northern Territory (NT) and was a Teaching and Learning Officer (Gifted and Talented) with the NT Department of Education.


How & Why to Set Goals (for people who feel lost in life) - Struthless

Need a voice of reason to talk to angsty teenagers - look no further!

Struthless is Campbell Walker - an illustrator, animator, filmmaker and one of Australia's most talked-about content creators since he first uploaded his cartoons in 2016. Known for his unique combination of cynicism, creativity, nihilism and kindness, Struthless has over 750,000 followers across four platforms (YouTube, Instagram, TikTok and Facebook). Campbell has made content with Comedy Central, Spotify, Splendour in the Grass, Vice, Pedestrian TV, GQ, The Betoota Advocate, TEDs and Universal Music.


I WAS WRONG - How I Set Goals - Ali Abdaal

Ali Abdaal is a YouTuber, podcaster, soon-to-be author and ex-Doctor working in London, UK, who makes videos exploring the strategies and tools that help us live happier, healthier and more productive lives.


Why the secret to Success is Setting the Right Goals - John Doerr

John Doerr is an engineer and acclaimed venture capitalist—who has spent over 40 years—serving entrepreneurs with ingenuity and optimism. Helping them build disruptive companies and bold teams. Outside of Kleiner Perkins, he works with social entrepreneurs for change in public education, the climate crisis and global poverty. John Doerr was an original investor and board member at Amazon and Google and has helped create more than a million jobs and some of the world's most valuable companies.


How to become 37.78 times better at anything - Atomic Habits summary (by James Clear)

James Clear is a leading expert on habit formation. Through this number one bestseller, Atomic Habits, Clear outlines practical strategies for forming good habits, breaking bad ones, and mastering tiny behaviours, leading to remarkable results.

Escaping Ordinary is a YouTube channel created to help people get a better understanding of great books and ideas.

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