Choosing a learning scale (or multiple scales) for a course is an important decision in the course design process. LO scales provide a framework for the progression of learning throughout a course, the scaffolding. It's a great way to articulate where students should be in their progress toward course outcomes and program outcomes, at any point in the course.
Diving deeper, using two or more LO scales can make sense for some instructors and designers.
Let's look at two popular use cases:
- Two scale strategy - intentionally use one scale as a framework for the scaffolding of learning, and another scale as a framework for the assessment strategy. For example, Blooms (learning) and ESIL (assessment)
- Multiple scale choices - give instructors the freedom to use their preferred scale. This may be in the absence of a scale determined by the institution or curriculum committee. Or this may be in addition to the scale determined by the institution or curriculum committee. For example, your institution or accrediting body may require the use of a particular LO scale, let's say Blooms, but your program manager may have declared Marzano, and let's say you prefer Fink. You can have them all, by switching scales in the settings for a course, program, or division.
From the Add/Edit Course (level 4 object) panel:
From the Program (Level 3) Settings panel:
You can see up to two different LO scales per course (level-4 object), at a time. There are several LO scales to choose from:
- Marzano Complexity
- Simplified Bloom
- Bloom Verb Levels
- Webb's DOK
- FINK Taxonomy
- ESIL Lens
- Affective Domain
- Psychomotor Domain
You can add or change an LO scale in several ways:
- From the Add Course (Level-4 Object) panel while adding a brand new course
- From the Edit Course (level-4 Object) panel on an existing course
- From the Program (level-3) Settings panel
To choose a scale when creating a new course (level-4 object)
Step 1: As a manager or editor, you can add a course to your program, and this is the perfect time to add the LO scale(s). First, you need to be in the desired program (level 3), and then turn on Edit mode. Then, click plus sign + next to the bottom of the right panel (above the trash can).
Step 2: Select the LO Scale from the Add Course (Level 4 Object) panel. You can choose up to two scales.
To add or change a scale for an existing course
Step 1: First, make sure you're in the desired course (level-4 object), turn on Edit mode. Then, select the center of the course, and click on the edit pencil.
Step 2: Select the desired LO scale(s) from the drop-down menus. Choose up to two scales.
To change or set an LO scale from the Program (Level 3) Settings panel:
Step 1: First, make sure you are at the Division level (level-2 folder), and turn on Edit mode. Then, mouse over the program (level-3 folder), and click on the edit pencil.
Step 2: In this panel, use the Choose default LO scales drop-down menu(s) to find the desired scale(s).
New programs start with their default to No LO Scale. New courses start with their default to No LO Scale, unless the scale(s) have been set in the program settings.
If you select Apply this change to all existing courses inside the program, the LO scale(s) will now be set to all existing courses, and any newly created courses will be set to these scales. If you don't select it, the existing course will remain as they are, but any newly created or imported courses will be set to the program settings LO scales.
Want to know which LO scales you can use? Check out this article: Which-LO-Scales-are-available-in-Coursetune?
For more information on LO scales, read these articles: