Exploring the potential of badging: Badges = engagement + data

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Exploring the potential of badging: Badges = engagement + data

  1. 1. Badges = Engagement + Data Exploring the Potential of Badging Kelvin Thompson, Ed.D University of Central Florida #FDLAconf13 @kthompso #badgify This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License
  2. 2. A BADGING STORY IN 8 TWEETS
  3. 3. WHAT ARE BADGES?
  4. 4. Badges Are… “visual representations of 21st century skills and achievements” - Open Badges Initiative of the Mozilla Foundation https://wiki.mozilla.org/Badges/About
  5. 5. Badges Are… “a validated indicator of accomplishment, skill, quality or interest that can be earned in [diverse] learning environments” - Macarthur Foundation on behalf of Digital Media + Learning Digital Badges for Life Competition http://www.macfound.org/media/files/BadgesforLifelongLearning_Info.pdf
  6. 6. WHAT CAN I READ?
  7. 7. http://bit.ly/CT_badges
  8. 8. http://bit.ly/7things_badges
  9. 9. WHO IS BADGING?
  10. 10. https://play.rit.edu
  11. 11. http://bit.ly/shu_badges
  12. 12. http://bit.ly/eli_badges
  13. 13. Badging Platforms HOW CAN I BADGE?
  14. 14. http://openbadges.org
  15. 15. http://bit.ly/purdue_badges
  16. 16. https://credly.com
  17. 17. Badging = Engagement + Data STUDENT ENGAGEMENT
  18. 18. Student Engagement …two critical features… The first is the amount of time and effort students put into their studies and other educationally purposeful activities. The second is how the institution deploys its resources and organizes the curriculum and other learning opportunities to get students to participate in activities that decades of research studies show are linked to student learning. National Survey of Student Engagement web site http://nsse.iub.edu http://bit.ly/QrbLuF
  19. 19. Student Engagement … such activities as student-faculty interaction, peer-to-peer collaboration, and active learning… Chen, Gonyea, and Kuh (2008) http://bit.ly/MyZZv1
  20. 20. Badging = Engagement + Data DATA
  21. 21. BADGING = ENGAGEMENT + DATA
  22. 22. An Institution-Scale Pilot CASE STUDY: UCF’S INFO LIT MODS
  23. 23. UCF’s InfoLitMods Subject Information Literacy Type Academic-supporting Level Undergrad & grad Size Institutional scale Badge Source Graphic designer Badge Platform UCF Middleware + Credly Focus Competencies Grades/Badges Badges… (but) List/Easter Eggs Badge list Viewable By Status Self or Public Underway
  24. 24. http://infolit.ucf.edu
  25. 25. InfoLitMods Year One (2008-2009) • 13,840 assessment completions by • 4,433 students in • 422 course sections taught or led by • 94 faculty members who created • 430 instances of • 4 information literacy modules with an • average score of 85.30% across all modules' summative assessments.
  26. 26. InfoLitMods Year Four (2011-2012) • 38,423 assessment completions by • 8,082 students in • 159 unique courses taught or led by • 160 faculty members who created • 1275 instances of • 13 information literacy modules with an • average score of 85.19% across all modules' summative assessments.
  27. 27. How Does It Work? Structure of Pilot Project
  28. 28. http://credly.com
  29. 29. Support CDL Developers
  30. 30. So How’s It Going? Initial Findings (as of 9/3/2013)
  31. 31. Initial Data 4082 - assessments that should have delivered a badge 4062 - badges sent via institutional email addresses 2154 - individual students who’ve earned badges 14 - students earning badges from non-assigned mods 4 (1 student) - Number of badges claimed via Credly
  32. 32. Badging @ UCF Next Steps • InfoLitMods – Earners driven by assignment (currently) – Watching for student-driven uptick later – Troubleshoot module-to-middleware process • Phase II: “Gold Seal” Badges for FacDev • Beyond: Multiple conversations re: badging
  33. 33. BADGING = ENGAGEMENT + DATA
  34. 34. CASE STUDY: BLENDKIT2012
  35. 35. BlendKit2012 Subject Type Blended learning Professional Development Level Size Badge Source Badge Platform Focus 1230 enrolled Graphic designer Developer + Mozilla Framework Competencies Grades/Badges Badges only List/Easter Eggs Badge list Viewable By Status Self Complete
  36. 36. BlendKit2011 • Open readings, document templates, how-tos + • Five weeks of facilitation: – Weekly encouraging messages – Weekly 30 min. webinars featuring guest blended learning instructors & discussion with others – Weekly reading/activity reflection prompts for blogging (more interaction with others). – Social networking opportunities for more interaction • Participants choose with which of these to engage!
  37. 37. BlendKit2012 Modifications • an LMS-based communications hub for registered participants • three participant roles for registrants: 1) completer, 2) participant, and 3) auditor • online badges for completion of course activities • certificates for successful completers of BlendKit2012 • new guest faculty for weekly webinars • additional faculty case study audio interviews
  38. 38. BlendKit2012 Badges  Data • Participants may be engaging with materials in isolation • Badges based upon evidence • Individual engagement more evident • Example Reading Reaction on public blog (fewer) v. entry on Reading Reaction Form (more) Paragraphs of personal reflection made evident!
  39. 39. BlendKit Next Steps • Build upon successes (yes, we had some!) • Use UCF middleware + Credly • Consider streamlining/automating without sacrificing rich qualitative data • Integrate with LMS (Instructure Canvas) grade book
  40. 40. BADGING = ENGAGEMENT + DATA
  41. 41. CASE STUDY: EME5050
  42. 42. EME5050 Subject Ed Tech Type Academic Level Grad Size 25 Badge Source Badge Platform Focus Purdue Passport Credly 2nd level Competencies Grades/Badges Grades + Badges List/Easter Eggs Easter Eggs Viewable By Status Class 2nd Iteration Underway
  43. 43. Full Text at: http://bit.ly/badge_intro
  44. 44. EME5050 Next Steps • • • • Evaluate current design/modify Maintain student notifications Maintain badge leaderboard Consider re-making more attractive badges • Study perceived value-add for students
  45. 45. BADGING = ENGAGEMENT + DATA
  46. 46. Badging Lessons Learned Clear criteria (announced or not) Visible evidence Verification Badge
  47. 47. Badging Observations • Each stakeholder determines value o Issuer, Earner, “Observer,” (Displayer) • Potential value in each phase of badging: o Underlying data/record o Notification email o Claiming (“Save and Share”) o Making public o Linking to specific badges
  48. 48. Unanswered Questions to Ponder • Why do badges appeal to some but not others? • Does badging really engage the unengaged? • What is the right balance of automation and personal attention for course badging? • What is the relationship between badges and formal credentials? • What is the right balance of curricular and cocurricular badging at an institution?
  49. 49. Questions/Comments
  50. 50. Contact Dr. Kelvin Thompson kelvin@ucf.edu @kthompso http://bit.ly/kelvin_info http://bit.ly/fdla13slides_thompson

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