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OBF Academy - Using Badges to Assess 21st Century Skills of Student Interns

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This webinar describes a pilot project at Montana Western to use open badges in an internship course. The goal was to use badges to structure assessment and provide recognition to students for 21st-century skills they demonstrated in their internships, which are unstructured but authentic learning experiences. Students were cast as co-authors of their own badges, gathering unique evidence in order to earn one or more of five 21st century skills micro-credentials. Join Dr Denise Holland, Dr Christian Gilde, and Justin Mason as they describe this pilot project.

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OBF Academy - Using Badges to Assess 21st Century Skills of Student Interns

  1. 1. Using Badges to Assess 21st Century Skills of Student Interns A pilot project at the University of Montana Western Christian GildeDenise HollandJustin Mason
  2. 2. 21st century skills: The four C’s • Critical Thinking • Communication • Collaboration • Creativity
  3. 3. What does it mean to “possess” a soft skill?
  4. 4. What does it mean to “possess” a soft skill?
  5. 5. What does it mean to “possess” a soft skill?
  6. 6. What does it mean to “possess” a soft skill?
  7. 7. How to efficiently assess?
  8. 8. How to efficiently assess?
  9. 9. Concrete experience Reflective Observation Abstract Conceptualization Active Experimentation The Experiential Learning Cycle
  10. 10. SKILLS AND TOOLS FOR THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY REAL EXPERIENCES DURING INTERNSHIPS RESUME-WORTHY OUTCOMES The 4 Cs and Internships Collaboration Critical Thinking CommunicationsCreativity Real Companies Real Stakes Real Functions Real Challenges
  11. 11. Design-Based Research Design Implementation Analysis Redesign Redesign Theory Implications for Theory Requirements
  12. 12. Operationalization(critical thinking) Cut clothes material (10 min) Start Critical Path Cut accessories (5 min) Sew fur and stuff (30 min) Cut fur (10 min) Sew clothes (10 min) Embroider T- shirt (10 min) Dress bear (15 min) Package bear (5 min) Ship bear (5 min) Sew accessories (10 min)
  13. 13. Design Thinking (creativity) EMPATHIZE DEFINE IDEATE PROTOTYPE TEST
  14. 14. Commun ications Project Manage ment Leadership Business Plan Team work Data Analysis How Our Institution Will Use Badges (The Badges are Disbursed Throughout the Business Curriculum)
  15. 15. The Pilot Project
  16. 16. Requirements • Pick two micro-credentials to complete • Provide the evidence
  17. 17. Results
  18. 18. Results • Students struggled to understand what micro-credentials were • They struggled with finding evidence • Struggled to connect the classroom theory to authentic context in the internship • For example, the operationalization chart • Students struggled to provide satisfactory evidence • Students did not submit all components for the badge – usually missing the narrative
  19. 19. Implications • Have the department add badges to core courses • Have the faculty assist students in their courses to locate evidence • Criteria or requirements that we are using, are items that the students have heard in their courses • For example, the design thinking model • Adjust the rubrics to be more open • collaborative rubric

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