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This writing assignment addresses assessment of training. Training objectives typically focus on skills and knowledge that are narrow, specific and easily observed. From our class text,
Training is the process of developing competence in a set of specific skills in order to guarantee consistent and successful performance by individuals attempting to complete a particular task. For example, learning to drive a car involves training. A driver must achieve the set of skills that will ensure correct and safe operation of a vehicle. Assessments are used to determine the extent to which competence in each critical skill has been reached (Osteroff, Conrad, & Ely, 2008, p.57).
Complete this assignment by following the steps below.
Step 1: Reflect on the Learning Goals.
Take a moment and think about the online course you are developing. What specific skills and knowledge would be important for your learners to acquire? Perhaps they would need a training on how to use scientific devices for an experiment, or how to use a multimedia software in order to create an online video.
Step 2: Develop a Training Objective.
Once you have identified a training skill or knowledge, think about each subskill that you would assess in order to determine whether the student achieved that larger training goal. Perhaps you are teaching a new college student about how to use APA formatting. There are several subskills that comprise the ability to properly format a paper in APA style. Each subskill would serve as separate criteria for you to assess.
An example of a Training Objective for APA formatting might be:
APA Training Goal: Learners will be able to correctly use APA formatting in a written paper.
APA Training Objective: Given an unformatted 3 page paper, learner will be able to APA format the paper including a title page, text formatting, running head, subtitles, citations and a references page.
To assess this you might use a rubric similar to the one below. Note that each criteria addresses only one discreet skill.
APA Formatting Rubric
Entire paper is double- spaced; 1-inch margins throughout paper; 11-12-point font
Some sections are not double-spaced and/or some margins are not 1-inch all around or incorrect font size
Little to no double-spacing; margins are not 1-inch all around;: font site incorrect
Tit le page has a centered title and name, running head included in body; page number with running head in header
Title page centering may be incorrect; running head missing; page number incorrectly formatted
Title not centered; running head missing; page number and running head not included in header
Running head included throughout paper on every page with page number in page header
running head or page numbers incorrectly placed; one or other is missing
No page numbers or running head included
All subheadings in bold font and centered; subheadings in bold and flush with left margin
Section headings present but not in bold, and/or subheadings not flush with left margin
Section headings missing and/or subheadings missing
APA formatted in-text citations included where appropriate
APA formatted in-text citations missing sometimes where needed or are incorrectly formatted
APA formatted in-text citations missing
References included on separate Page; Proper APA formatting
References do not begin on separate page; or APA formatting is incorrect
No references included, or no application of AM format
Step 3: Develop a Training Goal, Training Objective and Assessment Rubric.
Using the APA rubric as an example above, develop a training goal and training objective for your lesson. Then develop a rubric. Your paper will include:
A description of your lesson and overall lesson goal(s).
A description of the training goal within your lesson (what your learners will be able to do after the training).
One training objective that is measurable and observable and supports your training goal.
A rubric composed of a specific set of criteria addressing the training objective. Your rubric should include at least 4 criteria and 3 levels of proficiency.
Step 4: Reflection.
In 250-400 words, reflect on training objectives and how to assess them. What are some ways to assess training skills other than using a rubric? What might be barriers to assessing training in the online environment? How might you overcome those barriers?
Step 5: Save and submit your assignment.
When you have completed the assignment, save a copy for yourself in an easily accessible place and submit a copy to your instructor. Depending on the system the course utilizes, assignments will either be submitted via the classroom Assignment Basket Assignment Basket Icon or Waypoint.
Carefully review the Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.
This writing assignment addresses assessment of training. Training objectives typically focus on skills and knowledge that are narrow, specific and easily observed.