Thursday, March 24, 2016

Online Learning Objectives Generators - Part III

This entry is a companion piece to two related posts on free online learning objectives generators:
  1. Part I - Radio Daze (and its update Radio James Returns!)
  2. Part II - More Online Learning Objectives Generators
In my previous two posts, I presented some free, interactive web-based resources aimed at helping educators craft measurable learning objectives. Since that time, there are several more that have been brought to my attention that I would like to share:
  • UCF’s builder creates objectives in the Condition, Audience, Behavior, and Degree (CABD) format using a variety of proven frameworks. It starts with an example, then asks the user to fill in information for each of its four categories. Throughout the process there are links to theoretical learning domain research and definitions of related terminology.

  • Divided into Who?, What?, and How?, this simple generator fills in as you type and offers a list of almost 160 action verbs. It also allows you to add your own. After entering the learning task and condition, an objective is generated. It can even be emailed to your inbox.

  • This no-frills generator presents the user with five blank form fields with specific questions centered on level of learning, conditions that will be in place, and performance level. Filling in each part and submitting your responses results in an objective assembled from your answers. 

  • Another five-part generator in which the user enters information about the audience, behavior, condition, degree, and method. This generator also allows you to choose from approximately 84 action verbs in a drop-down list.

Friday, March 4, 2016

TLC Sandbox Open House - March 17th

Come visit our group on the ground floor of the Evansdale Library on March 17th for our Sandbox Open House!

Friday, February 12, 2016

Encourage to Empower

My 13-year old son said something to his father last night that really make me think.

“Dad, after this loss Coach is going to be upset. He takes things pretty hard. Can you text him and tell him you’re with him. Nothing long, just something to let him know that you support him.”

Even though his 7th grade middle school basketball team had played an excellent game, they still lost by three points. My son had his best game to date. 

I was surprised that he chose not to focus on what he did in the game or on the loss. His focus was on the goals ahead; the next game, the tournaments that will follow, possible championships. 

Maybe he's wise beyond his years or maybe he's just a sensitive soul. Whatever the motive, I took a mental note to share it with others because it’s something so simple that we often forget about how much it’s needed. I'm talking about encouraging others.

Our main focus as the Teaching and Learning Commons is to empower all who teach. We can’t empower without encouragement. Often people are not naturally confident at trying new things or testing new technologies. Whether we’re working with faculty, graduate students, or each other remember that a little encouragement can go a long, long way. 

Enlighten. Encourage. Empower.

Say it three times fast. It’s not as hard as you think.