Friday, January 4, 2013

Radio Daze

While attending the 4th Annual Quality Matters Program Conference in Tucson, AZ  in the Fall of 2012, I was pleased to discover a free, interactive web-based resource that would assist users in creating measurable learning objectives. When the tool was shown in a session I attended, the interestingly named Radio James Learning Objectives Builder, and its tutorial, elicited gasps of joy from the QM audience. The builder assisted with choosing appropriate verbs to convey the expected level of student learning necessary to achieve desired outcomes. It also used Bloom's Taxonomy to organize objectives according to comprehension level, which could then be copied and pasted into a document such as a lesson plan.  

Finally, there was a free, easily accessible tool that could help individuals who may be less familiar with writing quality objectives start on the ground floor and be guided through the process of creating well-written outcomes for student learning. It could potentially aid instructional designers, teachers, educators, and anyone who needed to craft objectives to be met by learners.

However, it seems some things are too good to be true. Sometime in late 2012, the Radio James Learning Objectives Builder was taken offline for reasons unknown. Who is Radio James? Why are we no longer able to access his valuable tool? One can only speculate, but that can lead to false assumptions. Most of my internet searches have resulted only in broken links and Tweets from educators lamenting the tool's disappearance. Hopefully, Radio James will make a triumphant return to the world of online education so that we may all share his unique objectives builder.

If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of the Radio James Learning Objectives Builder or any potential alternatives, please leave a comment on this post.


  1. Hi Brian,

    We have Radio James!

    Tahnja Wilson
    ASU Online

  2. Thanks, Tahnja! I have updated with a new blog post about the return of Radio James Learning Objectives Builder. Sorry it took so long!