Assessing Your Needs
A self-assessment was created for this project because we acknowledge that some learners may not know what they don’t know. Learners might be unsure of which skills they need to develop most (perceived competence) or which skills are most important to their individual context (relevance). We developed a domain self-assessment and a skill self-assessment to help learners arrive at the information they need most at that moment in time. A learner can be defined as an educator who wants to find out what content and resources they can embed in their curriculum or a student who wants to directly access the materials. Learners do not need to complete the self-assessment(s) and can also choose to access the content and resources from the homepage or using the search tool.
The domain assessment is a set of directed questions regarding a learner’s perceived competency of the domain and the relevancy of it to their academic and/or personal needs. Broadly defined, a domain encompasses a set of skills and topics that are packaged together. There are 5 domains: executive function, communication, critical thinking, intra- and interpersonal, and social accountability. The result of this assessment is that the learner will be directed to the most relevant domain based on their needs. After completing this self-assessment, learners can complete the skill assessment for that domain or manually select which skills and/or topics they want to explore.
The skill assessment is a set of directed questions regarding a learner’s perceived competency of the skill and the relevancy of it to their academic and/or personal needs. The term ‘skill’ is broadly defined and may also refer to an awareness of a topic. The number of skills and/or topics varies within each domain. The result of this assessment is that the learner will be directed to the 3 most relevant skills based on their needs. Learners can complete this assessment after they have completed the domain assessment or they can move directly to the skill assessment based on a domain of interest. Learners can learn more about each skill by accessing the modules for each of the topics.