To effectively manage the four elements of the learning labels framework, a second dashboard was added to the application. (As referenced in a previous section) the first dashboard is designed to manage a collection of learning labels and all the functions related to learning labels (i.e. grading, series, etc.).
This second dashboard is designed to make assignments for the elements (jobs – job labels, courses – syllabus, projects / lesson plans, and tasks – learning labels); this is accomplished by dragging an element on a parent. Functionality might be added to quickly create new elements, though the general idea is the elements are already created.
On this dashboard, the elements appear in sections stacked on top of each other (a future function is to allow moving the sections into different layouts – i.e. put jobs to the left and syllabus and projects on top). Each of the sections is collapsible – a learning practitioner might not need the jobs section, or a job poster might not need to work with the syllabus section.
All the elements are draggable (except for jobs, which is the top level). An element is dragged on a parent to reference or unreference the element, so: jobs accept syllabus, projects, and tasks; syllabus accept projects and tasks; and projects / lessons plans accept tasks. (To clarify, the difference between a project and lesson plan: a project sets a desired goal where tasks are evolving; and a lesson plan is a list of required tasks.)
Once assignments are made, the user clicks on an element to see all the references with color borders. (As the graphic shows) clicking on a job, related syllabus, projects, and tasks are all highlighted; in the grid of tasks, the colors are propagated by the parent: green represents syllabus, light blue represents projects, and orange represents direct assignment. This makes it easier working with learning labels on an aggregate level.
For transparency, each element in the dashboard includes its unique link (URL) to a landing page. As a user constructs a learning pathway, it is possible to follow the link to see how the element is currently represented online:
- Job page includes a ‘job label’, which aggregates the experience and first year expectations in a similar format as a learning label. The aggregate should represent what learning is assigned to the job.
- Syllabus page includes all the standard fields of a syllabus, plus added fields referencing skills and a collection of learning labels. A syllabus is viewable as a PDF and learners can choose what tasks to work on.
- Project / lesson plan page includes a definition, standards (if applicable), and a collection of tasks.
- Learning labels page is sophisticated (being the foundation of the system). (See prior section on all the functionality on its landing page.)
The credibility is established on a task level with the learning labels. Each learning label supports designating education and training standards and a complete peer review process. Standards might be referenced on a project. Skill Points® is a next generation learning measurement, which appears on the learning labels. Aggregate ranges might appear on projects, syllabus, and jobs.