Instructional design/Learning objectives/Examples and Non-Examples of Criterion Phrases

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Helpful questions[edit | edit source]

When deciding how to word criteria some questions that will help to describe the criteria are:

  1. How well does the learner need to perform in order to appropriately achieve the objective?
  2. How will we know if the object has been achieved?
  3. How is the performance measured?
  4. Is this measurement realistic?


Good and Bad examples:[edit | edit source]

Bad.... write a metric measurement of weight.

Good.... weigh an object to the nearest gram.

Bad.... write an example of a business letter.

Good.... write an example of a business letter with no spelling, grammar or punctuation errors and within a 60 minute time frame. (this sentence actually has two criteria, accuracy-errors and time-minutes)


Criterion and Bloom's Taxonomy[edit | edit source]

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..... write a correct list of 20 high blood pressure medications with no more than 2 incorrect answers. (Knowledge)

..... name at least 3 generic substitutions of 20 high blood pressure medications with at least 80% accuracy. (Comprehension)

..... determine the correct high blood pressure medication for a patient within the top 3 answers provided by the doctor. (Application)

..... correctly diagnose 20 patients with no more than 2 incorrect. (Analysis)

..... devise 2 alternate medication plans for 10 patients that meet the approval of at least 80% of an expert panel. (Synthesis)

..... demonstrate a correct physical exam on 10 patients adhering to AMA standards, with at least 80% accuracy according to an expert panel. (Evaluation)

Self-test[edit | edit source]

Using the deciding how to word criteria questions above can you answer the two questions below correctly?

1 Which of these criteria is a bad example?

...saw a 2" X 4" board.
...saw a 2" X 4" board within 1/8" of the marked line.
...saw a 2" X 4" board in half within 60 seconds.

2 Which of these is the best example of good criteria?

...answers must be accurate.
...answers must be to the nearest whole number.
...answers must be accurate to the nearest whole number.


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References[edit | edit source]

Mager, Robert F. (1997) Preparing Instructional Objectives, Atlanta, GA: The Center for Effective Performance.
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