Game On! Motivating with Badges | D2L Fusion 2014

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1. Game On!Motivating with badges using the Desire2Learn platform at Michigan State University Emily Brozovic | Instructional and Graphic Designer, Michigan State University 2. THE COURSE To teach students the principles of digital career branding. The class teaches branding principles by having students discover, describe and develop potential elements of their own brands as a professional. Work focuses on creating branding tools students can use to further their career. 3. DETAILS Fully online 15 students Summer semester (7 weeks in length) 4. HYPOTHESIS Badges will motivate students to score more than the minimum number of points needed to gain a 4.0 for the course. 5. PROBLEM(s) 1. How to award badges inside 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 6. SOLUTION(how I hacked D2L to t our needs) 7. Create a group for each badge. Our naming convention was to use the badge name as the group name. Step # 1 8. Dont add students to groups at this stage 9. Step # 2 Create a content module called My Badges ! (students will see this module) 10. Create an HTML page for each badge available. Each page contains the following: Badge name Custom badge graphic Badge message Point value Step # 3 11. Badge name Custom badge graphic Badge message Point value 12. This course had badges in total19 13. My Badges module full of badges 14. Set release conditions for each of the badge pages to: ! All conditions must be met ! Member of group: *name of badge group* Step # 4 15. As students successfully complete assignments, add the student to the applicable badge group. The badge then appears in their My Badges module, rewarding them with a new badge. Step # 5 16. OUTCOME(s) 1. 11 out of 15 earned more points than were needed for a 4.0 2. Our hacked badge system created the desired atmosphere 3. Extremely positive student feedback 4. Inspired development of badging platform at MSU 17. 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 18. THANKS Grab a handout for more info and thanks for stopping by! Emily Brozovic | Instructional and Graphic Designer, Michigan State University