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The Good, the Bad, and What Is a Competency?


Learners distinguish between competencies that are effective and robust, and those that are ineffective and weak. The learning object is designed for faculty who are writing or revising courses. It contains audio.

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I like the structure of this RLO, but the implementation is misguided in certain ways. Reading on-screen text aloud is bad, bad, bad design. The only way I could get through it was to turn off the sound (from my computer, no option for that on your screen!). The barbie doll avatar is completely irrelevant and is another pointless and unnecessary distraction. It is also false to claim that one can "write" competencies after watching this piece. This RLO teaches to evaluate what is wrong with a given statement -- divorced from any real-world context. To move to a writing competency, further training would be needed that actually involved writing competencies. Other than that, it's great!

Posted by bradd GRAVES on 1/20/2012 2:21:42 PM Reply

This is an excellent learning object. There is an excellent balance between text, graphics, and audio. It is a great example of active learning since the student is involved in the learning object. However, the activity on robust vs weak is too predictable. It should be a better mix between the categories. Also the link to Blooms taxonomy should be revised to the newer version of Blooms.

Posted by Jenny Burson on 11/17/2008 12:00:00 AM Reply

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