Conference close-up: Assessment as an integral part of instructional design
Posted by Joan Phaup
With the Questionmark Users Conference now less than a month away, it’s a good time to check out the conference agenda and — if you haven’t already done so — to sign up for three great days of learning and networking in New Orleans March 20 – 23.
Two high points on the program will be presentations by Dr. Jane Bozarth:
- a keynote address on the importance of starting with good objectives and clear outcomes for assessments and using them to strategically to support organizational goals
- a breakout session called Instructional Design for the Real World — about tools and tricks that support rapid instructional design, help with needs analysis and make for effective communication with subject matter experts, managers and others
As a training practitioner for more than 20 years, and as Elearning Coordinator for the North Carolina Office of State Personnel, Jane will bring a lot of firsthand experience to these presentations. During a conversation I had with her shortly after she agreed to present at the conference, Jane pointed out some common pitfalls that she will address during her keynote to help listeners address the right things at the right time for the right outcome:
- getting so caught up in writing objectives and developing instruction as to lost sight of the desired end result
- measuring the wrong things or things that have insignificant impact
- paying too little attention to formative assessment
- waiting until after a product is designed to go back and write the assessment for it, instead of addressing assessment first
You can listen to the podcast of our conversation right here and or read the transcript.