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  1. 1. Game On! Motivating with badges at Michigan State University Emily Brozovic | Instructional Designer, Michigan State University
  2. 2. Earn a badge Tweet something learned using #MSUbadge Tweet me (@emilyjbro) your session feedback Mystery badges? Maybe! Emily Brozovic | Instructional Designer, Michigan State University
  3. 3. Hi, Im Joe Grimm. Sorry I couldnt be here today. Im sure Emily will do a ne job showing you what we did. Ill pop in now and then with some tips.
  4. 4. Ok, maybe not everyone, but I digress.
  5. 5. We love them
  6. 6. We eat them up
  7. 7. Its a thing!
  8. 8. Take it away, Emily!
  9. 9. THE COURSE Focused on professional carer branding SUGGESTS badges as credentials Many pass/fail assignments Taught face-to-face, initially
  10. 10. THE HOOK You earned a badge!
  11. 11. DETAILS Elective Fully online Summer semester (7 weeks in length)
  12. 12. HYPOTHESIS Badges will motivate students to score more than the minimum number of points needed to gain a 4.0 for the course.
  13. 13. Challenge(s)
  14. 14. Challenges (pedagogy) 1. Create a new learning incentive 2. Increase student engagement/interest/fun 3. Progressively elevate the diculty 4. Reward participation and timely submissions 5. Teach by example and brand the course to MSU
  15. 15. Challenges (technology) 1. How to award badges inside our LMS (Desire2Learn)? 2. No existing badge platform at MSU to build from 3. Each student could earn their own combination of badges, at any point in time, and in any given order
  16. 16. illustration from Design for How People Learn by Julie Dirksen
  17. 17. End Goal Students have a consistent and professional online presence covering a variety of outlets illustration from Design for How People Learn by Julie Dirksen
  18. 18. illustration from Design for How People Learn by Julie Dirksen
  19. 19. illustration from Design for How People Learn by Julie Dirksen
  20. 20. illustration from Design for How People Learn by Julie Dirksen
  21. 21. illustration from Design for How People Learn by Julie Dirksen
  22. 22. Students have choices along their path Ways to get there illustration from Design for How People Learn by Julie Dirksen
  23. 23. illustration from Design for How People Learn by Julie Dirksen
  24. 24. Students are assessed along the way to know theyre heading in the right direction Checkpoints
  25. 25. illustration from Design for How People Learn by Julie Dirksen
  26. 26. This course had checkpoints in total19 badges
  27. 27. Everything you need to know is in the Boy Scout merit badge handbook.
  28. 28. Cheese Badge (5) Post the same prole photo on your Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook accounts. (I also use my prole photo on Pinterest, Cover it Live, YouTube, this course, etc.) The photo should be professional. There should not be other people in the photo (say, someone's ear) and it should be in focus and well exposed. Yes, you can be creative. Photographers might want to include a camera in the photo. A restaurant critic might want to be peeking over a menu. Be creative, but stay classy.
  29. 29. Lesson Be deliberate and consistent in how you convey the most visible element of your brand: your face. Do not just use something you have hanging around. You take some time to write a resume; do the same with your image. ! Benet A consistent image helps people recognize you and draw a connection among all your career tools. We are not looking to build a trademark look, but consistent messaging that helps people recognize you.
  30. 30. THE HOW(how I hacked D2L to t our needs)
  31. 31. My Badges module full of badges
  32. 32. Did students work for badges?
  33. 33. 1. 130 maximum points possible 2. Collect 90 points to earn a 4.0 3. Of 15 students enrolled, 2/3 went beyond 90 points 4. 6 students earned more than 106 points
  34. 34. SIRS scores* were higher on 17 of 18 measures, compared to another course taught online that semester by the same professor. On the 18th metric, the scores were tied. ! *lower scores are desired* Did they like it?
  35. 35. SIRS average in badging course: Did they like it? *lower scores are desired* vs. 2.16 in other online course 1.69
  36. 36. Students general attentiveness 1.50 vs. 2.25 Instructors receptiveness to new ideas 1.66 vs. 2.58 Students opportunity to ask questions 1.77 vs. 2.83 Appropriate amount of material 1.62 vs. 2.41 General enjoyment of the course 1.55 vs. 2.25 Largest SIRS benets *lower scores are desired*
  37. 37. NEXT STEPS 1. Considering use of badges in other types/sizes of courses 2. Looking to conduct A/B testing on section of course with badges vs. section without 3. In early testing stages of badging platform at MSU badges.msu.edu
  38. 38. Emily Brozovic | Instructional and Graphic Designer, Michigan State University Earn a badge Tweet something learned using #MSUbadge Tweet me (@emilyjbro) your session feedback Mystery badges? Maybe!