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An Invitation to Digital Introverts

What does the consortium mean to you?

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We all gather, process, and analyze information differently.  We all learn in different ways.  Some of this is a result of how we were brought up. Are we digital natives, having grown up in a world that has always had cellphones?  Are we digital immigrants who placed calls on rotary phones and haven’t yet quite figured out how to Snapchat, and wonder why we would even want to anyway?  Are we extroverts jumping into conversations or introverts hanging back waiting to be asked our opinions?  As educators and people accrediting educational programs, how well do handle these different styles of learning?

Program Design, Vacation Planning and Concept Mapping

Visualizing Concepts

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My family spent months and many cross-country phone calls figuring out our summer vacation in Maine… Lots of discussion about how to spend our time, what we could give up and what we couldn’t give up.  Over the months, we worked out the broad strokes and then the details fell into place.  Just this past weekend we were still tweaking the final plans. 

Today, it occurred to me that next year we should use concept mapping to facilitate the planning process.  Concept mapping is an approach used in education, design, engineering, business development and technical writing to visualize knowledge and concepts.  It is a graphical method for defining components and capturing relationships. Concept mapping is a visual teaching/learning technique where nodes representing information are drawn and then connected. It is a really effective mechanism for planning and problem solving. Read more to see how you could use it in designing or refining your training program.

Accreditation – Billie Beane, the Oakland A's and Crosswalking Curriculum and Evaluation

The importance of integrating curriculum and evaluation

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This was another one of those challenging blogs for me.  Crosswalking the curriculum and evaluation is an important topic.  It makes sense and seems straight forward.  However, in practice it can quickly become complicated and overwhelmingly detailed.  As I found when trying to write this blog. There were way too many drafts that were too dense, too theoretical, too dry, too long, etc.  And then I remembered the movie Moneyball…   

In order to answer questions about the effectiveness of training – Where is the program working?  Where does it need to be changed? – the curriculum and the evaluation/assessment measures need to be mapped onto each other.  The Oakland A's did it beautifully.  When curriculum and evaluation are integrated, transformation can occur. 

One practical method for integrating curriculum and evaluation is to “crosswalk” between the two – pairing every curriculum component with specific evaluation or assessment measures.  Let's work our way through the process.

Accreditation--Standard 3 Evaluation

Developing Your Program's Evaluation Plan

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Continuing the baking theme from the last curriculum blog – Have you ever watched The Great British Bake Off (GBBO) on PBS? It is an annual 10-week competition where harried amateur bakers demonstrate their craftsmanship with cakes, breads, pastries and desserts. There is running commentary by comedians as the contestants have meltdowns and stunning success.  There are experts judges giving unsparing critiques.  It is evaluation and assessment in action.

The GBBO will serve as a launching pad for a discussion about the characteristics of good evaluation and assessment plans.  We'll address the importance of linking the plans with the elements of Standard 3 (Evaluation). We'll conclude with examples of resources on the web that provide step-by-step guidance in developing evaluation plans.

Accreditation -- Standard 3 Evaluation


Candice Rettie, PhD 0 1091

Almost every day there is something in the news about the upcoming Olympics.  Will sanctions be applied? Is the water safe for sailing? How much of a threat is Zika?  What these questions have in common is that specific data has been gathered and analyzed, then conclusions have been drawn.  Evaluation has occurred.

As I listened to the news reports and watched some of the trials for the national US national Olympic team, I had a flashback to my freshman year in college.  I was a novice member of a high-powered swim team. That year, I had my own 'up close and personal' experience with the importance of targeted, rigorous assessment and evaluation. Slow swimmers can serve a purpose.  They don't move the team forward in the rankings, but they can be highly effective informal mascots and excellent instructors!