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Undergrad but Not Under-experienced:
Employing Undergraduates as Instructional Design Assistants to Support the
Creation a...
Merit Badges and Digital Badges
Boy Scout Merit Badges
Digital Badge
- Acknowledge accomplishment
- Display skills gained
...
Open Badges
Webmaker Open Badges
- Uses Open Badge Infrastructure (OBI)
- Criteria and Evidence links
- Display badges via...
Mozilla Backpack
Backpack Collection
Multiple collections can
be created.
Collections can remain
private or can be made
public and shared.
Open Badge Information
Google
Sites
Personal
Tech
Choice
1
Choice
2
Choice
3
IPT EdTec Badge System
Student selected Internet
Communication Techn...
Rigor of Badge Creation
• Quality control is required during the badge creation process.
• Maintaining quality requires en...
Rigor of Badge Assessment
• Assessment process should provide learners with specific,
formative feedback that allows learn...
Scaling Our Badge System
• Expand offering of badges
• Create badges that were discipline specific
• Allow more people to ...
Undergrads as a Potential Solution
Undergraduates can serve as:
• Undergraduates Teaching Assistants (UTAs)
• Instructiona...
Undergraduate Teaching Assistants (UTAs)
• UTAs typically perform more clerical work than graduate
assistants (Weidert, We...
Undergraduates as Implementation Assistants (IAs)
55 IAs hired to help university implement a new LMS
• Trained Faculty on...
Undergraduates as Implementation Assistants (IAs)
Johnson (2014) noted:
“because we were able to hire as many students as ...
UTAs and IDAs
• Cheaper, so we can hire more of them
• Increased manpower = more grading
• Students with expertise in spec...
Our IDAs and their Qualifications
BYU
Nicole Westenskow
•English teaching
•Editor
Janelle Frossard
•English teaching
Jerik...
Training IDAs and UTAs
• Both groups receive detailed instructions and
mentoring
• Job aids for both designing and grading...
LoggerPro by Non-IDA
BYU
IDA LoggerPro
BYU
IDA LoggerPro (closeup)
BYU
LoggerPro Compared
IDA
• Required students to learn
and use all significant features
of the program
• Provided more detail...
Discipline Specific Badges by IDAs
English
Physics
Biology/Anatomy
Chemistry
Physical Education
BYU
General Badges by IDAs
BYU
Launching soon:
Plickers, KaHoot, EdPuzzle, ClassCraft
Badge Totals
Total badges by IDAs: 26
Non-IDA badges: 38
68% increase
BYU
IDA Job Aids
BYU
• Badge Creation Spreadsheet
• Badge Creation Guide
UTA Job Aids
BYU
• Grading Spreadsheet
• Grading Guide
Benefits to IDAs
• Experience designing instructional activities
• Exposure to new technologies
• Increased skills with te...
Future Work
• Verify that the badges created by IDAs are on par
with other badges
• Determine the quality of feedback and ...
?
Contact us with Questions
Thank You
Daniel L. Randall
dan.randall26@gmail.com
www.danrandall.com
@dan2randall
Richard E....
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Undergrad but not Under-experienced: Employing undergraduates as instructional design assistants to support the creation and use of open badges.

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At AECT 2015. A big challenge in open badging is how to sustain the work involved in creating, reviewing, and issuing badges. This presentation shares our solution using undergraduate, trained instructional design assistants.

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Undergrad but not Under-experienced: Employing undergraduates as instructional design assistants to support the creation and use of open badges.

  1. 1. Undergrad but Not Under-experienced: Employing Undergraduates as Instructional Design Assistants to Support the Creation and Use of Open Badges BYU Image by photosteve101. Used under CC BY License. Daniel L. Randall & Richard E. West
  2. 2. Merit Badges and Digital Badges Boy Scout Merit Badges Digital Badge - Acknowledge accomplishment - Display skills gained - Motivation - Enable feedback/teaching from adult mentors Typically not sharable - Acknowledge accomplishment - Motivation - Gamification - Enable feedback on specific skills -
  3. 3. Open Badges Webmaker Open Badges - Uses Open Badge Infrastructure (OBI) - Criteria and Evidence links - Display badges via web - Motivation
  4. 4. Mozilla Backpack
  5. 5. Backpack Collection Multiple collections can be created. Collections can remain private or can be made public and shared.
  6. 6. Open Badge Information
  7. 7. Google Sites Personal Tech Choice 1 Choice 2 Choice 3 IPT EdTec Badge System Student selected Internet Communication Technology Student selected Multimedia Technology Student selected Personal Technologies Additional Concepts Mobile Learn Internet Safety Copy right iMovie Lower level badges are not issued for these projects Project level badge not issued for these additional concepts Educational Technology Course Level Badge Project Level Badge Lower Level Badges
  8. 8. Rigor of Badge Creation • Quality control is required during the badge creation process. • Maintaining quality requires ensuring that new badges are developed according to the core philosophy of the badging entity. • The other major challenge is ensuring all elements of the badge creation process are completed. These include: – Rubrics and checklists – Instructional materials – Badge Images – Any technological components. BYU
  9. 9. Rigor of Badge Assessment • Assessment process should provide learners with specific, formative feedback that allows learners to reach the level of mastery. • This is not only important for learning, but also gives the badge more credibility as a legitimate credential (West & Randall, in press.). • Very time intensive to provide quality feedback, particularly because: – many skills can best be assessed through human graders – difficult to scale and maintain quality in a badging system. BYU
  10. 10. Scaling Our Badge System • Expand offering of badges • Create badges that were discipline specific • Allow more people to submit badge projects BYU
  11. 11. Undergrads as a Potential Solution Undergraduates can serve as: • Undergraduates Teaching Assistants (UTAs) • Instructional Design Assistants (IDAs): BYU
  12. 12. Undergraduate Teaching Assistants (UTAs) • UTAs typically perform more clerical work than graduate assistants (Weidert, Wendorf, Gurung, & Filz, 2012) • UTAs who have been given more responsibilities have demonstrated an ability to perform these tasks well (Mendenhall & Burr, 1983; Weidert et al., 2012). • Institutions who utilized UTAs provided extensive training, including seminars, weekly meetings, and personal mentoring (Hogan et al., 2007; McKeegan, 1998; Mendenhall & Burr, 1983; Weidert et al., 2012). BYU
  13. 13. Undergraduates as Implementation Assistants (IAs) 55 IAs hired to help university implement a new LMS • Trained Faculty on use of the new LMS • Helped faculty migrate courses • Rebuilt some courses • Providing ideas for course improvement when asked by professors IAs work by the Numbers • 1,242 faculty and staff received training from IDAs • 11,000 phone calls • 6,000 emails BYU
  14. 14. Undergraduates as Implementation Assistants (IAs) Johnson (2014) noted: “because we were able to hire as many students as we did, we were able to support more faculty members than we could have had we hired more [full-time instructional design] consultants” (p. 84). BYU
  15. 15. UTAs and IDAs • Cheaper, so we can hire more of them • Increased manpower = more grading • Students with expertise in specific subject-areas can help design badges for those subjects • IDAs can also help with designing general topic badges • Updating rubrics and creating tutorials BYU
  16. 16. Our IDAs and their Qualifications BYU Nicole Westenskow •English teaching •Editor Janelle Frossard •English teaching Jerika Newitt •Physics Teaching •Physics TA •MIT Intern Emily Goates •Science Teaching •Botany Research Assistant •Plant Diversity TA Danielle Martin •Health Education •Chemistry
  17. 17. Training IDAs and UTAs • Both groups receive detailed instructions and mentoring • Job aids for both designing and grading • Weekly meetings, reviews, and continued mentoring • Easy access to instructors and designers when they need help BYU
  18. 18. LoggerPro by Non-IDA BYU
  19. 19. IDA LoggerPro BYU
  20. 20. IDA LoggerPro (closeup) BYU
  21. 21. LoggerPro Compared IDA • Required students to learn and use all significant features of the program • Provided more detailed instruction • Generated 5 rubrics, one for each discipline • Provided sample data for students to use Non-IDA • Required students to use only the most basic features • Instruction was less detailed • 1 generic rubric for all disciplines • Did not require the use of features that required sample data BYU
  22. 22. Discipline Specific Badges by IDAs English Physics Biology/Anatomy Chemistry Physical Education BYU
  23. 23. General Badges by IDAs BYU Launching soon: Plickers, KaHoot, EdPuzzle, ClassCraft
  24. 24. Badge Totals Total badges by IDAs: 26 Non-IDA badges: 38 68% increase BYU
  25. 25. IDA Job Aids BYU • Badge Creation Spreadsheet • Badge Creation Guide
  26. 26. UTA Job Aids BYU • Grading Spreadsheet • Grading Guide
  27. 27. Benefits to IDAs • Experience designing instructional activities • Exposure to new technologies • Increased skills with technologies they are already familiar with. • Resume builder • Earn badges BYU
  28. 28. Future Work • Verify that the badges created by IDAs are on par with other badges • Determine the quality of feedback and grading done by UTAs • Further examine the experiences of IDAs and potential benefits they receive. BYU
  29. 29. ? Contact us with Questions Thank You Daniel L. Randall dan.randall26@gmail.com www.danrandall.com @dan2randall Richard E. West rickwest@byu.edu www.richardewest.com @ richardewest

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