Just started a new book/journal: Cracking Open, a creative journal for self-transformation, by Molly Carroll. One of the first journal pages is to “make a wall of wonder with pictures that spark your curiosity and inspire your soul.” Here’s mine:
Some nice color from along Hwy 126 this fall.
This “guy” was difficult to catch still.
Such a beautiful place… I only wish I had visited it earlier.
Just had to get out of the house.
Crazy days y’all.
Couple cool shots from today.
Too bad it’s supposed to snow the next couple of days. Spring is in full effect today.
Cleaning out a soap container, and the bubbles made this really pretty complex shape.
Played around with effects in camera. Kinda fun.
I’ve been trying for years to get a good shot of a raven. Now I’ve got three!
Noticed this corroded parking marker the other day, and it spoke to me. Is accessibility broken? Something to ponder…
Took a little day trip to Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs. If you haven’t already been there, you should definitely check it out. They have refurbished the visitors center, and it is free to all visitors.
I did it! I just turned in my last assignment for my Masters degree. What an amazing experience it has been. I am feeling such a deep sense of accomplishment. The last two years have been a whirlwind of deadlines and projects. I’m so grateful that I had the opportunity to go back to school, to make so many new wonderful friends, and to have grown so much professionally and personally. Now onto the graduation ceremony!
Loving the gorgeous flowers Murphy and I see on our daily walk.
A great way to assess learning, when you can’t perform a formal assessment, is to demonstrate learner improvement via a pre- and post- Likert Scale strategy. You just take the objectives of the course, and have the student self-report their own knowledge in a quick survey. It takes very little time to design (since it’s based off of the course objectives), very little time to participate in (3-7 questions with no wrong answers), and if you have the student fill it out in class, you will have 100% participation.
Ideally, you would be able to perform a formal assessment of the learner’s knowledge. When you are unable to, at the very least you should perform a Likert pre- and post- assessment to demonstrate to the learner their personal development.
I recently had a conversation with a huge corporation about their needs assessment and course development process. I was happily surprised to hear that they perform a formal needs assessment which includes onsite assessment, and a focus group process. I’ve spent the last few weeks pondering why that came as a surprise to me. It’s such an important part of the instructional design process, and is one that I’ve been taught should be the basis for all course development efforts.
I realize we are often given very little time to do our work, but the power behind the feedback you can get from a focus group is just that…it’s powerful. In addition to critiquing several courses, I’ve had the pleasure to facilitate a couple of focus groups now: one especially comes to mind. We had been giving the same basic course for years, and just as a checkin, we decided to hold a quick focus group after the last day. We asked for volunteers, and had three students offer to stay a bit later the last day, bribing them with pastries.
Overview of Our Questions for the Group
- What was their overall view of the course?
- Was it of value to them?
- How did they feel about the instructor’s teaching style?
- What activity had the most impact?
- Would they remove an activity?
- Did they find anything lacking, or glossed over?
- How could we add to the course to make it more meaningful?
The suggestions we walked away with helped to support the learners in that recent class, as well as future students. The number one thing the participants were asking for was procedural knowledge; enabling them to act and do things, or perform tasks. The general leadership course was too high level, and not detailed enough on actual steps for how to perform in their new roles. The result was we developed a new course on performance management for the new leaders to take in conjunction with the more general course.
We all know that post-course surveys are very seldom filled out. That’s one of the things that was so great about doing the in-person focus group right after class. The course was fresh in their minds, and was on a volunteer basis. We actually had more people participate in that focus group than we were getting via the online likert scales.
As a final project, in Planning and Facilitating Live Events (INTE 5670), I’m hosting a free webinar May 3, 2018 at 6pm MST. I will send the link to the event to the first 5 people that email me. firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope to see you soon!