Monday, December 19, 2011

Measurable Learning & Test Items

Unit of Study:  Employment Law
Grade level: N/A (Corporate training)
Learning outcomes:
1-      At the conclusion of the course, participants will be able to distinguish between lawful and unlawful interview questions with 100% accuracy.
2-      At the conclusion of the training, participants will be able to identify up to six labor law violations in a hypothetical employer/employee interaction role play scenario.
3-      After completing the course, participants will be able to identify, with 100% accuracy, reasonable accommodations for an applicant covered by the ADA.
Test items:
1-      Place an “L” in the space next to lawful questions and a “U” in the space next to unlawful questions.
____ Do you have any obligations that would conflict with this work schedule?
____ How many children do you have?
____ What hobbies or interests do you have that might benefit you in this job?
____ Have you ever held a management position?
____ What religious holidays do you observe?
2-      Match each scenario with the federal labor law in which it is related (laws can be matched to more than one scenario.)

Taking time off for maternity leave
Calculating overtime pay
Reasonable accommodations for disabled employees
Title VII
Sexual harassment
Identifying protected categories
Anti-discrimination laws
Safety/Risk issues
Avoiding discriminating interview questions

Time off for illness

3-      Identify which items would qualify as a reasonable accommodation under the ADA by placing check mark in the space next to each item.
____ Providing an alternate work schedule
____ A custom-built desk and office space
____ An enlarged computer monitor
____ Higher pay than co-workers
____ A TTY device
____ Lower expectations than other employees

Essay item: Identify three labor laws and describe a typical scenario for each in a typical employer/employee relationship.      


  1. Hello Nicole,this is a little different from what I am used to since it is an education situation for adults in a professional setting. Still, clear measurable objectives apply and those finishing this course should be able to achieve the three objectives you identified so clearly. We make course objectives and perhaps Unit objectives and as small as a daily lesson objectives. This gives me another perspective since I am always thinking about children's classes.

  2. HI Nycole

    Impressive work! I do believe your students can succeed wtih the focused attention on the identification level of Bloom's Taxonomy. As a consideration, list the vocabulary you are regarding for 100% accuracy. As well, note the integral difference between 90% and 100% accuracy- which is more accepted in a learning environment and should we advance to 100%? I look forward to your thoughts.