STAIR Project on Career & College Goals
This is a stand alone instructional resource for 11th and 12th grade students to use to help make the right career and college/educational choices after high school.
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Sandy Tam (Faculty)
There is a lot of information in this powerpoint that would be useful for the intended audience. In terms of instructional design principles, it has a real life application and it gives lots of examples of careers open to young people to help them make SMART goals and choose possible careers. The assessment was useful and reinforced the content. In terms of the design of the presentation, I thought it relied too much on the written text. It could have included some UDL principles of making it more accessible to all types of learners by including audio narration and more visual representations in place of some text. The visuals that were present were great though. In my opinion, to make this presentation better, I would include some narration and more animation in the information slides to vary the pace. I think the use of youtube videos were used to good effect.
Lastly, I thought the overall effect was systematic and the colors used were very calming but most slides were too busy and had too much information and I would personally go for less. The presentation was easy to use.
In the quizes, I was confused when I clicked the next button to find not the answer, but thumbs up and down graphics. It would be better just to reveal the answer.
Also I couldn't access the goals worksheet.
Allison Scovone (Teacher (K-12))
The author has a lot of resources available for students regarding post-secondary options. There are many links to videos and websites with applicable information throughout. However, the manner that is presented has some technical flaws and lacks in applying UDL principles. The greatest hindrance is that it does not provide meaningful feedback to users about their performance. In fact for every question it tells the user that they got the question both right and wrong! It also is limited in providing multiple means of representation. For students who have limited English proficiency or visual problems, there are little supports in place for them. Some slides are very text heavy and do not provide an audio component to support these students. Furthermore, vocabulary is not always clearly defined.
The author embeds links to videos and a worksheet throughout the presentation. The link to a SmartGoals worksheet on Slide 3 does not work. A pop-up message comes up saying “Cannot open the specified file.” There is a quiz embedded in the tutorial. The first two questions are short answers and therefore the user does not input any response into the system. Despite this, the presentation goes to the next screen of a page that says “That’s right! Great job!” When you click the next button after that you go to a screen that says “Not quite right!” It gives the user the option to go back to the question or to see the answer. Therefore, the navigation is very confusing and doesn’t make sense. The 3rd question is a multiple choice, however, it does not give students the option to choose one of the answers on-screen. There is simply a next button that again goes to a “That’s right! Great job!” screen and then a “Not quite right!” screen. When you click the back arrow on the screen with the 3rd question’s answer, it takes you to the answer of a question that has not even been posed yet. A similar pattern continues throughout the quiz. In the second half of the presentation, the student is to explore career options. On one of the pages they are presented with 8 videos and 11 website links. Although these links may be useful, the number is very overwhelming and most high schoolers probably will skip this page altogether. If you accidentally click on the screen rather than one of the link buttons, it takes you to the next slide. Again there is a quiz that has the same issues as the first one.