The Objectivator - Solving the Online Assessment Alignment Crimewave

This is not your normal superhero story, to say the least. There is no arch-enemy, no flips or acrobatics, no hand-to-hand combat, and definitely no spandex. This superhero is closer to you than you think, empowered with the ability to create and align learning objectives. A powerful tool, to say the least, enabling thousands, nay, millions of students to learn and achieve their dreams. This superhero's secret identity... is you. YOU ARE THE OBJECTIVATOR!

This presentation introduces basic instructional design theory around Backward Design and how this integrates with legal education in online courses. We will go through steps of developing effective learning objectives at the course, module (unit or week), and assessment levels. This session will be interactive and ask participants to practice developing and building on learning objectives through cooperative group work. We will work with assessments of various formats to align learning objectives and provide evidence of learning. We will discuss how online learning thrives on clear and accessible objectives and how this method of course development will greatly impact the future of education.

Attendees do not have to have previous experience with learning objectives or online learning, however, some basic understanding of online education will be helpful.

When students leave the session, they will be able to:

  • Create clear and measurable learning objectives at the course, module, and assessment levels.
  • Discuss the impact of online learning objectives within the legal education community.
  • Align written learning objectives to assessments accurately.



Andrea Bevier's picture
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Manager, Online Learning
Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at ASU

Andrea is the Manager of Online Learning and an Instructional Professional for the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. She has worked in higher education for over a 15 years, with a focus on technology use in online instruction. Through a combination of over a decade in IT within higher ed and an education in Education, she brings with her a unique perspective on the future of online learning. She holds degrees in Media Arts, BS in Education, an MS in Instructional Technology, and is a current Doctoral Candidate in Educational Leadership.

Andrea specializes in innovation within the eLearning industry through use of online education in fields without a traditional online presence. Her primary focus in her doctorate study is leadership capacity growth and training in emerging education fields. She currently resides in Apache Junction, Arizona with her husband, 3 sons, and 2 dogs.

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