Alignment

Alignment is an important aspect of the Instructional Design process. Objectives, assessments, and activities need to be developed together. There needs to be a clear connection between the objectives, assessments, and activities. This will make effective learning easy to navigate for learners and instructors.
 
Below is a sequence of performance-based objectives. They aim to help learners develop “soft skills” towards managing emotions and relationships with others. The objectives are written in accessible language for both instructors and learners. This will ensure both groups can easily understand them.
 
The assessments detailed below are a jumping off point for the activities described. When learners can complete the assessments, instructors will observe the desired performance, as outlined in the terminal objectives. This will prove to both instructors and learners they are capable of achieving the learning goals.

 

Terminal Objective: Learners will identify emotions in themselves and others

Enabling ObjectivesAssessment IdeaAbsorb ActivityDo ActivityConnect Activity
Given a handout depicting various facial expressions and emotions, be able to match the expression to a corresponding emotionMatching: Correctly match all facial expressions to their corresponding emotionsThe instructor will introduce emotions and facial expressions on the handoutMatching: Correctly match all facial expressions to their corresponding emotions

In pairs, learners will drill each other by calling out emotions & pointing to the corresponding facial expression

Play “Emotional Bingo”
Be able to use an emotion chart to identify (point to) emotions in oneself and othersEmotion Chart: Correctly identify and label at least three emotions on the emotion chartThe instructor will handout and explain Emotion Chart by introducing the emotions included in the chartEmotion Chart: With a partner, identify and label emotions current emotions & feelings on the emotion chart
Be able to rank the intensity of emotions on a scale of 1~10Rank Emotions: Verbalize the rank of the intensity of three emotions on a scale of 1~10The instructor will model how to rank emotions using a scale of 1~10Rank Emotions: With a partner, verbalize the rank of intensity emotions on a scale of 1~10
Be able to use “I” language that expresses emotionsShort Story: Verbalize a short story to a small group that expresses at least three emotions using “I” language. For example, “I feel …”The instructor will model a short story using “I” languageWhile listening to a short story, learners will count the number of “I” statements made & note the emotions namedShort Story: Verbalize a short story to a small group that expresses at least three emotions using “I” language. For example, “I feel …”

 

Terminal Objective: Learners will model verbal skills to a group

Enabling ObjectivesAssessment IdeaAbsorb ActivityDo ActivityConnect Activity
After reading a short passage, be able to summarize your findings to a small groupPresentation: Accurately give a 1-minuet presentation to a small groupThe instructor give directions and read a short passage to model the activityRead short sentences & summarize with a partnerPresentation: Read a 3~4 paragraph passage & give a 1-minute summary presentation to a small group
Be able to apply “I” language that identifies one’s emotions in a short presentationPresentation: Use “I” language to identify at least three emotions in a 1~5-minute presentationThe instructor will model a short presentation using “I” languagePractice making short, simple “I” statements with a partnerPresentation: Give a 1~5-minute presentation to a group using “I” language to identify emotions

 

Terminal Objective: Learners will demonstrate the accuracy of their listening skills

Enabling ObjectivesAssessment IdeaAbsorb ActivityDo ActivityConnect Activity
While listening to a partner tell a short story, be able to identify (write down) keywords or phrases that capture the story’s main ideaPartners: Their partner will assess the accuracy of the keywords and main ideas written down.The instructor will play an audio clip/video and model identifying keywords or phrases from the clipListen to short audio/video clips & write down keywords & phrasesPartners: Listen to a partner tell a short story & write down keywords & phrases
After listening to a partner, be able to analyze the main ideas that were communicatedPartners: Their partner will assess the accuracy of the ideas communicated.The instructor will play an audio clip/video and model how to analyze the main ideas from the clipThe instructor will play an audio clip/video. The class will listen. In pairs, learners will repeat keywords & phrases and analyze main ideas communicatedPartners: After listening to a partner, be able to repeat back main ideas and analyze what was communicated
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