Learning contracts

A learning contract is an agreement, written collaboratively between a learner and a teacher that details what is to be learned, how it will be learnt, and how that learning will be verified. It sometimes involves the learner’s parents. Learning contracts allow learners to decide what they wish to strive for, which activities they will engage in, and how they will demonstrate that they have satisfactorily completed their studies.


  1. Identify the learning objectives in relation to the curriculum and determine where the learner should be in regard to each competency. Ensure that the objectives describe what learners will learn, not what they will do.
  2. Develop a rubric clearly indicating learning objectives, measurable criteria, tasks and levels of achievement required, and grading system.
  3. Specify the material and human resources needed, and the methods and strategies (techniques, tools) that will be employed.
  4. Specify realistic target dates for follow-up meetings and for completion of the contract.
  5. Carry out the contract.


  • A tutor or a mentor can be assigned to assist the learner during the implementation of the learning contract.
  • Learning contracts usually include the learner’s name and details, the course name and level, the expected outcomes, the form and outline of submission (project, portfolio, video, or product), the resources and assistance needed and the teacher and learner’s signatures.


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