Monday, November 11, 2013

More Online Learning Objectives Generators

In previous entries, I have written about the demise and resurrection of the Arizona State University's (ASU) Objectives Builder (formerly known as the Radio James Learning Objectives Builder), which is a free, interactive web-based resource designed to assist educators in creating measurable learning objectives. Since then, I have been introduced to two other tools that can assist with building measurable learning objectives:

The Differentiator

The Differentiator (from the people at Byrdseed) starts with a sample objective at the top of the page. Once clicked, it changes to an editable sentence divided into parts. Categories and action verbs are offered at the bottom of the window and range from skills to group size.

Categories include:
  • Thinking Skill (Remembering, Understanding, Applying, Analyzing, Evaluating, and Creating)
  • Content (Depth, Complexity, Imperatives, and Key Words)
  • Resources (Online and Offline)
  • Products (Visual, Construction, Oral, Multimedia, and Written) Group Size

When clicked, these words will replace what is currently in the sample objective. The tool also allows the user to add or delete certain content fields depending on the intricacy of the objective. Instructors can use this tool to build objectives from scratch.

A Model of Learning Objectives

From Iowa State University's Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, A Model of Learning Objectives is an interactive Flash-based model that highlights colored blocks as they are rolled over with a mouse. When activated, each block displays an example of a learning objective that generally matches each of the numerous combinations of the cognitive process and knowledge dimensions. For instance, rolling over the block where Factual from the Knowledge Dimension intersects with Remember from the Cognitive Process Dimension results in a sample objective asking the learner to "List primary and secondary colors." These kinds of samples can help educators to generate ideas for learning objectives that can be applied to their own classes.

If you are aware of any other learning objectives builders you think should be included, please leave a comment below, and I will add them in a future post.

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