IU 5: The Formative Evaluation The Plan B Program: Career Exploration and PlanningGoal StatementThe instructional goal of the Plan B Program is to provide student learners with the knowledge, skills,and tools, to perform career exploration research and develop a basic career plan. After completion ofthe program, the students will be able to describe what their primary field of interest is and demonstratethe capacity to build a revisable career plan to reach their intended career goal.OverviewIn under-performing schools, the terms “at-risk” and “disadvantaged” have been used interchangeablyto describe many African-American male students. Many of the schools that they attend suffer from amyriad of socioeconomic issues that range from decentralization and expansion to the outer suburbs, adwindling tax base, limited civic involvement, underdevelopment, mediocre leadership, and an erodedvalue of education through negative peer pressure. In Dekalb County Georgia, which is in themetropolitan area of Atlanta, the graduation rate is 78%. The overall graduation rate for the state ofGeorgia in 2008 was 75.4% (Georgia Department of Education, 2008). What happens to the studentsthat did not graduate? How do we address their needs and bring them into the new economy. Myproposed approach is to reach the student learners in eighth grade, while they still believe that theyhave possibilities for the future. The Plan B program is a career exploration and planning roadmap for“at-risk” students that provides practical activities and skills for the youth to identify areas of interestfor a future career or trade.Evaluations I. Expert/Professional Review II. One-on-One Evaluation III. Small Group EvaluationI. Expert/Professional Review 1. Introduction – The Subject Matter Expert (SME) has a doctorate in Educational Leadership and a Masters in Computer Science. The SME reviewed the steps of the process and made the following observations. 2. Subject Matter Expert Review Summary. The following table shows the SMEs comments and instructional designer response of each of the major steps of the Plan B Program.Steps SME Observations ID Responses
1a. Enroll in the Learning Need brief description of Zimbra The SME was looking for moreManagement System at what is it used for Email and specifics with regard to the intenthttp://edtech-online.com/moodle collaboration of the program. I stated that thefor the Plan B Program. previous IUs addressed the issue but concurred that1b. Request a Zimbra Accountfrom the administrator email@example.com. Perform a student assessment. Need permission from parents I will add a sample waiver ofComplete the Student Survey probably consent to the lesson for liability.3. Complete the Skill Inventory Need link I will add the file to Moodleand list your current skills and where it can be accessed with atalents. Click Skill Inventory to click by the student.access the file.4. Complete the Interest Need Link I will add the file to MoodleInventory to the best of your where it can be accessed with aability. Click Interest Inventory click by the student.to access the survey.5. Open your browser and search Need to say search for jobs or I will clarify the instructions forthe following websites. career choices of interest; it this element of the lesson. The seems that some instructions objectives needed to be morewww.dol.state.ga.us need to be added to meet step 6 specific.www.careerbuilder.com expectationswww.careerjournal.comwww.usajobs.opm.govOpen your word processorapplication and perform a printscreen of the home page for eachin a document and save the filewith the name PLANB-URLS.txtto the briefcase in Zimbra.6. Open a new document in n/a n/aMicrosoft Word and list theapplicant requirements for thetop career choice from yourInterest Inventory.7. At a local or regional Search online various local or I will rewrite the language toinstitution, perform the research regional Schools education make the instructions moreof the admissions requirements admission requirements precise.of your top career choice.Bookmark the website in yourbrowser. Print the page throughthe CutePDF application and
create a PDF file with the nameadmissions. Add the admissionsfile to the Zimbra Briefcase.8. Login to Zimbra for access to n/ayour documents in the Briefcaseand begin to complete the CareerPlan template. Click Career Planto access the file.9. Click the Course Survey link Need Link. I will add the file to Moodleto complete the end of course where it can be accessed with asurvey. click by the student.Subject Matter Expert SynopsisThe feedback from the Subject Matter Expert gave me insight that I need to break out more of the stepsof the lesson. As an instructional designer, I fell into the trap of thinking that information presentedwas straight forward and I missed a few steps. As a result, I changed the environment of theinstructional materials from PowerPoint to Moodle where the environment is clean and easy to follow.In addition, I added an instructional avatar to provide brief instructions for the lesson. The foundationof the Plan B program was strengthened by this activity.Immediate Revisions • Increased the number of sub-steps in each procedure. • Re-wrote questions to include more specific instructions. • Changed the access of the instructional materials from PowerPoint to MoodleLong-term Revisions and Considerations: • The SME suggested that I add a description of the activity before the table since he did not have the benefit of reviewing the previous IUs.II. One-to-One Evaluation 1. Introduction – The instruction designer made modifications to the course based on the Subject Matter Expert. Plan B Program was tested by two students that met the prerequisites student received a brief overview of the Plan B Program. 2. One-to-one Evaluation Summary – The following table shows the observations of the student and my response for each of the major steps in the training. *The student learner will perform the steps of the instruction with minimal assistance by the instructional designer.Steps Observations My response
1a. Enroll in the Learning Student had difficulty registering Due to the confirmationManagement System at for the class in Moodle. He had problem. I created a separatehttp://edtech-online.com/moodle problems with the email email account for the special usefor the Plan B Program and login confirmation step of the process. in the program and performedto the system. the confirmation. The request of the Zimbra1b. Request a Zimbra Account account and installation offrom the administrator at CutePDF will become firstname.lastname@example.org training activities.1c. Download and install theCutePDF application.2a. Prerequisite – The student The student had no problem with The survey took about 20learner must receive verbal performing the Student Survey. minutes for the student topermission to proceed with the complete.lesson.2b. Perform a studentassessment. Complete theStudent Survey.3a. Complete the Skill Inventory The student added hobbies in This activity took about 7and list your current skills and addition to his skills in the minutes for this student. Atalents. A skill or talent that you assignment. student that has difficultywould like to acquire in the next identifying his talents make writetwo years is acceptable as well. very few skills or sit in contemplation. I will move this3b. Click Skill Inventory to activity before the Familyaccess the file. Survey.4. Read the Interest Inventory to Omitted At this juncture, I ended thethe best of your ability. Click assignment because it hadInterest Inventory to access the exceeded the time limit of 30file. minutes. As a result, I broke the tasks into separate activities in more manageable chunks to accommodate accuracy and the attention span of the student. This becomes the first assignment in Part 2 of the training.5a. My Top 3 Interests – What Omitted Conducted in Part 2are your top 3 career or tradeinterests? Write them on yourscratch paper.
Note: If you do not have threecareer interests, then that is not aproblem. You will work with oneor two.5b. Open a new internet browserand search the followingwebsites for a least one jobposting per interest.www.dol.state.ga.uswww.careerbuilder.comwww.careerjournal.comwww.usajobs.opm.gov5c. Open a new document inyour word processor applicationand perform a print screen ofeach job listing in the browserand copy them to the newdocument.5d. Save the file to the Desktopwith the name PLANB-URLS.txt5e. Upload the file to thebriefcase in Zimbra. (optional)6. My Choice - Open a new Omitted Conducted in Part 2document in Microsoft Word andlist the job skills for your topcareer choice from the InterestInventory.6b. List the company name, itscity and state, title of the job,starting wages (if applicable).7. Research – If additional Omitted Conducted in Part 3education or training is neededfor your top career, then find alocal college or trade school thatoffers the program that you needfor your career interest.7b. Research the admissionsrequirements and program costs
to attend of your top careerchoice.7c. Bookmark the website inyour browser. Print the pagethrough the CutePDF applicationand create a PDF file with thename Admissions.7d. Add the admissions file tothe Moodle or the ZimbraBriefcase. (optional)8a. Career Plan Template - Login Omitted Conducted in Part 3to Moodle/Zimbra for access toyour documents in the Briefcaseand begin to complete the CareerPlan template.8b. Click Career Plan to accessthe file.8c. After you have completed thetemplate, save the file. Thesyntax is your first initial, lastname, and PB101 at the end. (i.e.fthorntonPB101.doc) Upload thefile to Moodle/Zimbra9. Click the Course Survey link Omitted Conducted in Part 4to complete the end of coursesurvey.One-on-one SynopsisAfter the initial Subject Matter Expert analysis, I made adjustments to the wording of the instructionsto provide more specifics. Also, I added the lesson plan to Moodle. In the One-on-one evaluation, thestudent had problems getting his account confirmed to enroll for my class. If you make a mistake withthe email address, then you will not be able to get it changed and resolved unless you contact the siteadministrator. The next lesson learned was that the overall training needed to be broken down intosmaller chunks to accommodate the student learner with cognitive overload and a short attention span.Immediate Revisions • Perform moodle pretest to determine the skill level of the student in the learning environment. • Provide a brief training overview of the capabilities of Zimbra through web sharing in Elluminate.Long-term Revisions and Considerations: • The training will be broken into smaller chunks for the learner to benefit cognitively.
III. Small Group Evaluation 1. Introduction – The instruction designer made modifications to the course based on the One- on-one evaluation. Plan B Program was tested by two students that met the prerequisites of the program and they received a brief overview of the Plan B Program. 2. Small Group Evaluation Summary – The following table shows the observations of the small group evaluation and my response for each of the major steps in the training. Note: The instructional materials were modified from PowerPoint and moved to the Moodle site. The Plan B instructional materials can be accessed at http://edtech-online.com/moodle.Steps Learner’s Observations My response0a. Request a Zimbra Account Nothing needed. n/afrom the site administrator email@example.com. Download and install theCutePDF application.0c. The student learner mustreceive permission to proceedwith the lesson.1a. Enroll in the Learning Nothing needed. n/aManagement System athttp://edtech-online.com/moodle1b. Choose the Plan B Programunder the K-12 section.1c. The login screen is dividedinto two sections. Go to the rightside “Is this your first timehere?” and click the Create newaccount button at the bottom.1d. After creating the account,you will receive an email toconfirm the enrollment in yourZimbra account (firstname.lastname@example.org).
1e. Click the enrollment link andgoto the login page http://edtech-online.com/moodle to begin thelesson.2a. Perform a family assessment. The students had no problem The survey took about 20Complete the Student Survey. with performing the Student minutes for the student to Survey. complete.3a. Complete the Skill Inventory The students had no problem The Skill Inventory took anand list your current skills and with the Skill Inventory. average of 4 minutes. In thetalents. A skill or talent that you future, the student will reviewwould like to acquire in the next the Interest Inventory in thistwo years is acceptable as well. section before proceeding.3b. Click Skill Inventory toaccess the file.4a. Click Interest Inventory to Part 2 - Next Lesson TBDaccess the file and Save it toyour desktop.4b. Upload the file to yourZimbra Briefcase.4c. Review the Interest Inventorybefore beginning Part 2 of theactivities.5a. My Top 3 Interests – What Part 2 - Next Lesson TBDare your top 3 career or tradeinterests? Write them on yourscratch paper.Note: If you do not have threecareer interests, then that is not aproblem. You will work with oneor two.5b. Open a new internet browserand search the followingwebsites for a least one jobposting per interest.www.dol.state.ga.uswww.careerbuilder.comwww.careerjournal.comwww.usajobs.opm.gov
5c. Open a new document inyour word processor applicationand perform a print screen ofeach job listing in the browserand copy them to the newdocument.5d. Save the file to the Desktopwith the name PLANB-URLS.txt5e. Upload the file to thebriefcase in Zimbra. (optional)6. My Choice - Open a new Part 2 - Next Lesson TBDdocument in Microsoft Word andlist the job skills for your topcareer choice from the InterestInventory.6b. List the company name, itscity and state, title of the job,starting wages (if applicable).7. Research – If additional Part 3 - Next Lesson TBDeducation or training is neededfor your top career, then find alocal college or trade school thatoffers the program that you needfor your career interest.7b. Research the admissionsrequirements and program coststo attend of your top careerchoice.7c. Bookmark the website inyour browser. Print the pagethrough the CutePDF applicationand create a PDF file with thename Admissions.7d. Add the admissions file tothe Moodle or the ZimbraBriefcase. (optional)8a. Career Plan Template - Login Part 3 - Next Lesson TBDto Moodle/Zimbra for access to
your documents in the Briefcaseand begin to complete the CareerPlan template.8b. Click Career Plan to accessthe file.8c. After you have completed thetemplate, save the file. Thesyntax is your first initial, lastname, and PB101 at the end. (i.e.fthorntonPB101.doc) Upload thefile to Moodle/Zimbra9. Click the Course Survey link Part 4 – Next Lesson TBDto complete the end of coursesurvey.Small Group SynopsisThe small group evaluation was a little more difficult because the learners were not as expressive intheir comments. This may be the result that the students did not have the opportunity to complete thetotal program with the time allotment. I think that this evaluation would be better suited after allactivities are completed for the Plan B program.Immediate Revisions • Manage the expectations of the student learner throughout the process and keep them motivated with humor and fun.Long-term Revisions and Considerations: • Professional Support - The Interest Inventory will be reviewed by a professional to analyze the career areas determined in the survey. • Provide accessible training resources after the training for the students to have access to for three to five years.ConclusionThe lessons learned from this exercise have been invaluable as I continue to refine the instructionalunits, which I plan to pilot with more students in 2011. We all need to have a Plan B and sometimes C.The target audience for the training needs to start preparing for their future. In the eighth grade,students are trying to find out who they are and the beginnings of what they want to be in life. ThePlan B Career Planning & Exploration program facilitates the process of self- analysis, goalidentification, and preparation for the future. After a student completes the program, he should be ableto kick start his dreams into action and implementing a plan to reach success. If the career goalchanges along the way, then the student will have the capabilities and tools to revise the plan to achievetheir goal.