Summary of LMS Survey Results

Sakai logoThe IACC (Intercollegiate Academic Computing Committee) recently conducted a survey of all faculty, staff, and students at The Claremont Colleges. This survey focused more on users’ satisfaction with Sakai, how they felt about possibly transitioning to a different LMS, how they used Sakai, and what they felt was missing from existing tools.

The results for all colleges showed that a majority of student, faculty, and staff respondents were satisfied/very satisfied with Sakai (66%, 65%, and 60%, respectively). Looking at the HMC-only results, 61% of students, 53% of faculty, and 39% of staff surveyed were satisfied or very satisfied. HMC staff respondents were more neutral about Sakai’s usefulness, ease of use, reliability, and available features than staff at the other campuses. Faculty and student responses did not differ significantly from the combined results of the consortium.

Across The Claremont Colleges, a majority of students, faculty and staff expressed neutral feelings about transitioning to a different LMS (51% students, 50% of faculty, and 71% of the staff). Only 19% of the students, 22% of the faculty, and 12% of the staff respondents were in favor of a transition. The HMC results were similar; the only significant variation is that HMC staff were much more likely to mark an LMS transition as a medium, high, or urgent priority than staff at the other colleges.

Faculty and students who did not favor transitioning to a new LMS expressed that, given Sakai’s adequacy in meeting their needs, switching seemed to pose more challenges than benefits. In particular, they pointed to the challenges of learning to use a new system and of having to use two systems simultaneously during the switch. Several students also shared their desire to see faculty use Sakai more consistently and in more sophisticated ways.

Those who expressed dissatisfaction pointed to frustrations with Sakai’s navigation and described some additional features in existing Sakai tools (Dropbox, Forums, Gradebook) that they would like to see. Constituents will be pleased to know that a number of the requested features will be implemented this summer in the newest version of Sakai, including an updated interface to the Resources tool that requires fewer clicks, a new version of the Gradebook tool that incorporates new features from Gradebook 2, and a revised user interface. Interestingly, there were also a number of requested features that already exist in Sakai, suggesting that respondents either do not know about these features or have not received adequate instructional resources to be able to use them.

As a result of these responses, the Educational Technology Services team will prioritize developing new opportunities and methods for the community to learn to use Sakai’s existing functions and features, as well as those that will be introduced this summer. Hopefully this effort will benefit both faculty and students by making it easier to integrate the LMS into course activities. We look forward to partnering with others on campus in implementing new programs and resources in the 2017-2018 academic year.

Results from the Lecture Capture Survey

Lecture Capture Survey Summary Report – March 2017

HMC CIS conducted a survey of the HMC community (faculty, staff, and students) about their satisfaction with the current lecture capture system on campus. Overall, the respondents were satisfied with lecture capture services at HMC: 69% of the respondents agreed or strongly agreed that they were satisfied with their overall experience, while only 10.9% of respondents disagreed or strongly disagreed.

When asked what works well about the lecture capture system, many respondents pointed to the same aspects:

  • Convenience
  • Non-intrusive recording process
  • Useful side-by-side recording of speaker and slides
  • Opportunity to view recordings of events when scheduling doesn’t permit attendance
  • Ability to review lectures after class
  • Different playback speeds for faster review

In terms of possible additions or improvements, faculty, staff, and students provided the following suggestions:

  • Using cameras that track the speaker (rather than a fixed camera angle)
  • Improving audio/video quality
  • Making it easier to find previous recordings
  • Providing self-service interface for recording and editing
  • Allowing users to download recordings
  • Permitting users to use their own microphone (instead of a designated mic or lectern)
  • Providing clearer view of chalkboards/whiteboards
  • Speeding up video buffering for faster playback

Finally, over 50% of the respondents want to see lecture capture used more often on campus (46.3% said “Yes, much more” and 27.8% said “Yes, a bit more”), and many expressed a desire for recordings to be more quickly available (43.6% wanted “Same day” and 35.9% wanted “Within 3 days”).

Thank you all for your participation. We hope to use these preferences to inform future changes and improvements to the lecture capture system to the extent that we are able.

 

Spring 2017 CIS Service Reminders

Classroom in Shanahan CenterDear faculty,

Course mailing lists have been created in Google Groups. You can see them in your My Groups list or get a full list of all course mailing lists at: Spring 2017 Course Mailing Lists on Google Groups.

We have made a couple of changes to the default settings for course mailing lists: the members of a course mailing list are only viewable by the group members, and the web archive of messages sent to the list are also only viewable by members of the group. Several other changes are under discussion with the Computing Committee, but will probably not be implemented until the Fall. It’s always a good idea for the group owner to check the group settings by clicking the Manage button.

In addition to the video projectors, LCD TVs (in the 12-person classrooms), speakers and screens, many classrooms have resident document cameras, Blu-Ray/DVD or DVD/VHS players. You can find a full list of which rooms have what equipment in this document: AV Equipment in HMC Class/Meeting Rooms.

Other technology available for use in the Shanahan Center and other classroom  includes:

  1. Laptop carts
  2. Lecture capture
  3. iClickers
  4. Smartboard
  5. Video cameras for displaying experiments

More details on these other technologies can be found below:

  1. We have three carts with 15 laptops each, which are stored on the second floor of the Shanahan Center for use throughout the building. Laptops are made available on a first come, first served basis so please let us know as soon as you can if you need laptops for your class. Also, consider carefully how many laptops you need or if at some point you realize that your class is using fewer laptops than you requested, please update your requests so that the systems can be made available for other classes. If you’d like more information about the laptops and how to reserve them, please visit https://www.hmc.edu/cis/services/laptop-cart-reservation/.
    You can find a full list of the software that is included on the laptops and the CIS lab computers in this document: Lab Software in CIS Managed Labs and Carts.
  2. There are six rooms in the Shanahan Center that are lecture capture-ready, including the Lecture Hall (1430), the Recital Hall (B480), the 85 person classroom (B460) and three rooms on the 2nd floor (2450, 2454 and 2460). All of those rooms have a video camera and microphone. You can visit the CIS web site for more information at the Lecture Capture Service Catalog Page.
  3. Clickers (personal response systems) are also available for loan. At this point all students have purchased iClickers so all you need is a wireless receiver and the iClicker software installed on your computer.  We have extra iClickers if you have non-HMC students in your class. More information about the iClickers can be found at the iClicker Service Catalog Page.
  4. We have one Smartboard (interactive whiteboard) for faculty to try out. While the Smartboard is on a mobile stand, it is too big and heavy to move between classrooms, so we are currently keeping it in one of the technology-rich classrooms (Shanahan 2460). Use of the Smartboard is on a first come, first served basis so please let us know right away if you would like to try it out in your class, as we may need time to work with the Registrar to reschedule classrooms.
  5. Many faculty also like to be able to project a demonstration or experiment from the front of the room to one of the big screens. The document camera is capable of doing this or you can use a video camera, either one of the built-in video cameras available in the 6 rooms listed above, or CIS can set up one for you.

If you’re interested in using one of these technology services in a class, please submit a request to the CIS Help Desk. You can use the CIS AV Request Form or send us an email at helpdesk@hmc.edu.

We ask that you give us at least 48 hours notice when submitting a request. Please do not wait until the last minute to submit requests.

Have a great Spring semester

Technology in the Shanahan Center – Fall 2016

Classroom in Shanahan CenterIn addition to the video projectors, LCD TVs (in the 12-person classrooms), speakers and screens, many rooms have resident document cameras, Blu-Ray/DVD or DVD/VHS players. You can find a full list of which rooms have what equipment at this link: http://goo.gl/4Mj1Nx.

Other technology available for use in the Shanahan Center includes:

  • Laptop carts
  • iClickers
  • Lecture capture
  • Video cameras for displaying experiments
  • Smartboard

More details on these other technologies can be found below:

We have three carts with 15 laptops each, which are stored on the second floor of the Shanahan Center for use throughout the building. Laptops are made available on a first come, first served basis so please let us know as soon as you can if you need laptops for your class. Also, consider carefully how many laptops you need or if at some point you realize that your class is using fewer laptops than you requested, please update your requests so that the systems can be made available for other classes. If you’d like more information about the laptops and how to reserve them, please visit https://www.hmc.edu/cis/services/laptop-cart-reservation/.

You can find a full list of the software that is included on the laptops and the CIS lab computers at this URL: https://goo.gl/d5uF4i.

There are six rooms in the Shanahan Center that are lecture capture-ready, including the Lecture Hall (1430), the Recital Hall (B480), the 85 person classroom (B460) and three rooms on the 2nd floor (2450, 2454 and 2460). All of those rooms have a video camera and microphone. You can visit the CIS web site for more information at https://www.hmc.edu/cis/services/lecture-capture/.

Clickers (personal response systems) are also available for loan. At this point all students have purchased iClickers so all you need is a wireless receiver and the iClicker software installed on your computer.  We have extra iClickers if you have non-HMC students in your class. More information about the iClickers can be found at https://www.hmc.edu/cis/services/iclickers/.

We have one Smartboard (interactive whiteboard) for faculty to try out. While the Smartboard is on a mobile stand, it is too big and heavy to move between classrooms, so we are currently keeping it in one of the technology-rich classrooms (Shanahan 2450). Use of the Smartboard is on a first come, first served basis so please let us know right away if you would like to try it out in your class, as we may need time to work with the Registrar to reschedule classrooms.

Many faculty also like to be able to project a demonstration or experiment from the front of the room to one of the big screens. The document camera is capable of doing this or you can use a video camera, either one of the built-in video cameras available in the 6 rooms listed above, or CIS can set up one for you.

If you’re interested in using one of these technology services in a class, please submit a request to the CIS Help Desk. You can use our AV request form at http://www.formstack.com/forms/hmc-avrequest or send us an email at helpdesk@hmc.edu.

We ask that you give us at least 48 hours notice when submitting a request. Please do not wait until the last minute to submit requests.

Have a great Fall semester!

Technology in the Shanahan Center – Spring 2016

Classroom in Shanahan CenterShort version:

If you are planning to use only the video projectors or LCD screens in the Shanahan Center this Spring, then read no further.

If you are planning to use any other technology, such as clickers, lecture capture or laptops, please don’t wait until the last minute to submit requests.  We need at least 48 hours notice to serve you well.

To request the use of any of the technologies described below please send an email to the CIS Help Desk at helpdesk@hmc.edu or use the CIS AV Request form http://www.formstack.com/forms/hmc-avrequest.

Long version:

In addition to the video projectors, LCD TVs (in the 12-person classrooms), speakers and screens, many rooms have resident document cameras, Blu-Ray/DVD or DVD/VHS players. You can find a full list of which rooms have what equipment at this link: http://goo.gl/4Mj1Nx.

Other technology available for use in the Shanahan Center includes:

  • Laptop carts
  • iClickers
  • Lecture capture
  • Video cameras for displaying experiments
  • Smartboard

More details on these other technologies can be found below:

We have three carts with 15 laptops each, which are stored on the second floor of the Shanahan Center for use throughout the building. Laptops are made available on a first come, first served basis so please let us know as soon as you can if you need laptops for your class. Also, consider carefully how many laptops you need or if at some point you realize that your class is using fewer laptops than you requested, please update your requests so that the systems can be made available for other classes. If you’d like more information about the laptops and how to reserve them, please visit https://www.hmc.edu/cis/services/laptop-cart-reservation/.

You can find a full list of the software that is included on the laptops and the CIS lab computers at this URL: https://goo.gl/d5uF4i.

There are six rooms in the Shanahan Center that are lecture capture-ready, including the Lecture Hall (1430), the Recital Hall (B480), the 85 person classroom (B460) and three rooms on the 2nd floor (2450, 2454 and 2460). All of those rooms have a video camera and microphone. You can visit the CIS web site for more information at https://www.hmc.edu/cis/services/classroom-recording-mediasite-lecture-capture/.

Clickers (personal response systems) are also available for loan. At this point all students have purchased iClickers so all you need is a wireless receiver and the iClicker software installed on your computer.  We have extra iClickers if you have non-HMC students in your class. More information about the iClickers can be found at https://www.hmc.edu/cis/services/iclickers/.

We have one Smartboard (interactive whiteboard) for faculty to try out. While the Smartboard is on a mobile stand, it is too big and heavy to move between classrooms, so we are currently keeping it in one of the technology-rich classrooms (Shanahan 2460). Use of the Smartboard is on a first come, first served basis so please let us know right away if you would like to try it out in your class, as we may need time to work with the Registrar to reschedule classrooms.

Many faculty also like to be able to project a demonstration or experiment from the front of the room to one of the big screens. The document camera is capable of doing this or you can use a video camera, either one of the built-in video cameras available in the 6 rooms listed above, or CIS can set up one for you.

If you’re interested in using one of these technology services in a class, please submit a request to the CIS Help Desk. You can use our AV request form at http://www.formstack.com/forms/hmc-avrequest or send us an email at helpdesk@hmc.edu.

We ask that you give us at least 48 hours notice when submitting a request. Please do not wait until the last minute to submit requests.

Have a great Spring semester!

A Bite of Learning Fall 2015 Series

The schedule for the Fall 2015 A Bite of Learning series has been finalized! We’re looking forward to a number of great speakers. Two of our faculty will be presenters this semester: Peter Saeta will talk about his experiences using Evernote to create lab notebooks and Kash Gokli will present on the use of 3D technology in his teaching and research.

Professor Alex Juhasz from Pitzer College and Ashley Sanders from Honnold Library will be talking about the Mellon Digital Humanities grant and the work that Claremont faculty have been doing with support from the grant.

We also have two presenters from outside Claremont this semester. Daniel Johnson and Mike Barrameda from Workday will discuss the technology behind the Workday products. And we will also be hearing from Alan Craig from XSEDE (Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment). XSEDE is a shared supercomputing environment funded by the NSF to provide high performance computing resources to faculty all over the country. Several HMC faculty have been using XSEDE resources in their research and teaching. Alan Craig will be presenting on a new initiative to support the humanities.

We’ll be meeting in the Aviation Room in the Hoch-Shanahan Dining Commons at 12:15 p.m. to give people time to get their lunches. So please join us for some great presentations and discussion. A brief schedule is below:

  • Sep. 21 – What is DH? And What is it Doing at The Claremont Colleges? by Alex Juhasz (Pitzer College) and Ashley Sanders (Honnold Library)
  • Sep. 29 – XSEDE for Humanities Computing by Alan Craig (XSEDE)
  • Oct. 27 – Workday: Discover the Company, Technology and our Impact on Higher Education by Daniel Johnson and Mike Barrameda (Workday)
  • Nov. 30 – Keeping a Lab Notebook in Evernote (HMC Physics)
  • Dec. 9 – Using 3D Printing Technology in Teaching and Research (HMC Engineering)

We usually videorecord the presentations for those who couldn’t attend. You can find recordings from last semester on the Bite of Learning web page at http://www.hmc.edu/bol. You can also Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ABiteofLearning.

Technology in the Shanahan Center Fall 2015

Shanahan CenterDear faculty,

Short version:

If you are planning to use only the video projectors or LCD screens in the Shanahan Center this Fall, then read no further.

If you are planning to use any other technology, such as clickers, lecture capture or laptops, please don’t wait until the last minute to submit requests.  We need at least 48 hours notice to serve you well.

To request the use of any of the technologies described below please send an email to the CIS Help Desk at helpdesk@hmc.edu or use the AV Request form at http://www.formstack.com/forms/hmc-avrequest.

Long version:

In addition to the video projectors, LCD TVs (in the 12-person classrooms), speakers and screens, many rooms have resident document cameras, Blu-Ray/DVD or DVD/VHS players. You can find a full list of which rooms have what equipment at this link: http://goo.gl/4Mj1Nx.

Other technology available for use in the Shanahan Center includes:

  • Laptop carts
  • iClickers
  • Lecture capture
  • Video cameras for displaying experiments
  • Smartboard

More details on these other technologies can be found below:

We have three carts with 45 laptops, which are stored on the second floor of the Shanahan Center for use throughout the building. Laptops are made available on a first come, first served basis so please let us know as soon as you can if you need laptops for your class. Also, consider carefully how many laptops you need or if at some point you realize that your class is using fewer laptops than you requested,  please update your requests so that the systems can be made available for other classes. If you’d like more information about the laptops and how to reserve them, please visit https://www.hmc.edu/cis/services/laptop-cart-reservation/.

You can find a full list of the software that is included on the laptops and the CIS lab computers at this URL: https://goo.gl/d5uF4i.

There are six rooms in the Shanahan Center that are lecture capture-ready, including the Lecture Hall (1430), the Recital Hall (B480), the 85 person classroom (B460) and three rooms on the 2nd floor (2450, 2454 and 2460). All of those rooms have a video camera and microphone. You can visit the CIS web site for more information at https://www.hmc.edu/cis/services/classroom-recording-mediasite-lecture-capture/.

Clickers (personal response systems) are also available for loan. At this point all students have purchased iClickers so all you need is a wireless receiver and the iClicker software installed on your computer.  We have extra iClickers if you have non-HMC students in your class. More information about the iClickers can be found at https://www.hmc.edu/cis/services/iclickers/.

We have one Smartboard (interactive whiteboard) for faculty to try out. While the Smartboard is on a mobile stand, it is too big and heavy to move between classrooms, so we are currently keeping it in one of the technology-rich classrooms (Shanahan 2460). Use of the Smartboard is on a first come, first served basis so please let us know right away if you would like to try it out in your class, as we may need time to work with the Registrar to reschedule classrooms.

Many faculty also like to be able to project a demonstration or experiment from the front of the room to one of the big screens. The document camera is capable of doing this or you can use a video camera, either one of the built-in video cameras available in the 6 rooms listed above, or CIS can set up one for you.

If you’re interested in using one of these technology services in a class, please submit a request to the CIS Help Desk. You can use our AV request form at http://www.formstack.com/forms/hmc-avrequest or send us an email at helpdesk@hmc.edu.

We ask that you give us at least 48 hours notice when submitting a request. Please do not wait until the last minute to submit requests! We had a bit of a scramble last Fall semester with many last minute requests for clickers, laptops and lecture capture.

Have a great Fall semester!

 

Spring Semester 2015 Reminders

Happy New Year!

Here are a few reminders about IT services for the Spring 2015 Semester.

CIS Help Desk
The Help Desk is located in the Learning Studio on the ground floor of Sprague. The hours are 8am-5pm, including lunch hour. Please send a support request via our request form or send us email at helpdesk@hmc.edu or call us at (909) 607 7777.

Password Resets
The HMC password policy (available at http://goo.gl/pKiHd ) requires a password change once a year and this might be a good time to do it. You can click the “Forgot your password?” link to change your password anytime you are logging in to the HMC Portal or Google Apps. Or you can visit the HMC Password and Account Management Kiosk at https://iam.hmc.edu/identity/self-service/HMC/kiosk.jsf.

Course Mailing Lists
There are several different ways to email the students in your courses. More information about all of that can be found on our Course Mailing Lists page in the CIS Service Catalog at https://www.hmc.edu/cis/services/course-mailing-lists/. MajorDomo course mailing lists have been set up. You can find instructions on how to send email to a course mailing list at http://goo.gl/8ZvhMw as well as a list of all of the Spring 2015 course mailing lists at http://goo.gl/nMUlrc (you must be logged into the HMC Google Apps for Education domain to access these pages).

Course Mudd Shots
Course Mudd Shots have been updated for the semester. They are available at http://www.internal.hmc.edu/dir/courses/. The pages are restricted to the HMC network only, so if you are off-campus or on wireless, please connect to the VPN first.

VPN (Virtual Private Network)
Remember the VPN! It is software that allows you to connect to the HMC network as if you were located on campus. Visit http://vpn.claremont.edu and select the group HMC-LDAP. Log in with your HMC Credentials.

Sakai Updates
Spring 2015 courses have been created and populated with students and faculty. The courses are synchronized with the Jenzabar CX student information system three times per day at 2:30 am, 12:30 pm and 5:30 pm.

Google Apps for Education
Everyone at HMC is entitled to a Google Apps for Education account in our g.hmc.edu domain. Many people have started using the system for email, to share documents or work on them collaboratively. As a reminder, here are the URLs that will take you directly to the HMC single sign in page and then on to the g.hmc.edu domain (without an intermediate Google login page):
http://docs.g.hmc.edu will take you to your google drive document store.
http://mail.g.hmc.edu will take you to email.
http://calendar.g.hmc.edu will take you to the calendar.
http://sites.g.hmc.edu will take you to google sites.

Technology in the Shanahan Learning Center
A separate email has been sent to faculty about technology available in the Shanahan Learning Center and how to request special setups. You can find the text of this information on our news site as well at http://www5.hmc.edu/ITNews/?p=2926.

Have a great semester!

Technology in the Shanahan Center – Spring 2015

Shanahan CenterShort version:

If you are planning to use only the video projectors or LCD screens in the Shanahan Center this Spring, then read no further. If you are planning to use any other technology you should read on. To request the use of any of the technologies described below please send an email to the CIS Help Desk at helpdesk@hmc.edu or use the AV Request form at http://www.formstack.com/forms/hmc-avrequest.

We ask that you give us at least 48 hours notice when submitting a request. Please do not wait until the last minute to submit requests! We had a bit of a scramble at the beginning of the Fall semester with many last minute requests for clickers, laptops and lecture capture.

Long version:

In addition to the video projectors, LCD TVs (in the 12-person classrooms), speakers and screens, many rooms have resident document cameras, Blu-Ray/DVD or DVD/VHS players. You can find a full list of which rooms have what equipment at this link: http://goo.gl/4Mj1Nx.

Other technology available for use in the Shanahan Center includes:

Laptop carts
iClickers
Lecture capture
Video cameras for displaying experiments
Smartboard

More details on these other technologies can be found below:

We have three carts with 44 laptops, which are stored on the second floor of the Shanahan Center for use throughout the building. If you’d like more information about the laptops and how to reserve them, please visit https://www.hmc.edu/cis/services/laptop-cart-reservation/.

There are six rooms in the Shanahan Center that are lecture capture-ready, including the Lecture Hall (1430), the Recital Hall (B480), the 85 person classroom (B460) and three rooms on the 2nd floor (2450, 2454 and 2460). All of those rooms have a video camera and microphone. You can visit the CIS web site for more information at https://www.hmc.edu/cis/services/classroom-recording-mediasite-lecture-capture/.

Clickers (personal response systems) are also available for loan. At this point all students have purchased iClickers so all you need is a wireless receiver and the iClicker software installed on your computer. We have extra iClickers if you have non-HMC students in your class. More information about the iClickers can be found at https://www.hmc.edu/cis/services/iclickers/.

We have one Smartboard (interactive whiteboard) for faculty to try out. While the Smartboard is on a mobile stand, it is too big and heavy to move between classrooms, so we are currently keeping it in one of the technology-rich classrooms (Shanahan 2460). Use of the Smartboard is on a first come, first served basis so please let us know right away if you would like to try it out in your class, as we may need time to work with the Registrar to reschedule classrooms.

Many faculty also like to be able to project a demonstration or experiment from the front of the room to one of the big screens. The document camera is capable of doing this or you can use a video camera, either one of the built-in video cameras available in the 6 rooms listed above, or CIS can set up one for you.

If you’re interested in using one of these technology services in a class, please submit a request to the CIS Help Desk. You can use our AV request form at http://www.formstack.com/forms/hmc-avrequest or send us an email at helpdesk@hmc.edu.

We ask that you give us at least 48 hours notice when submitting a request. Please do not wait until the last minute to submit requests! We had a bit of a scramble at the beginning of the Fall semester with many last minute requests for clickers, laptops and lecture capture.

Have a great Spring semester!

CIS Digital Badge Pilot – Fall 2014

digital-badge-design-03-yellow-master1If you or your children have ever participated in a Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts program, then you’re probably already familiar with the idea of earning badges for learning a new skill or for participating in some sort of activity. Digital badges are very similar. Many educational institutions are using digital badges to recognize activities that are not part of the regular curriculum. For example, at the University of Alaska Anchorage, they have developed a program called EduPass for faculty professional development (http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/academicinnovations/develop/edupass.cfm). The University of Central Florida has a badge program for their student information literacy program (http://infolit.ucf.edu/faculty/badges/).

Digital badges are portable and sharable and function a bit like an electronic portfolio. Badges can be displayed on a variety of platforms, including Credly, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Mozilla Backpack. The Educational Technology Services Group (ETS) has accumulated a number of digital badges this year through attending various Educause and ELI events, as well as through completing an online MOOC on blended learning design. You can view our badges by going to http://www.credly.com/u/jeho and http://www.credly.com/u/elizabeth_hodas.

This Fall the ETS group will be launching a small pilot program where we will begin awarding digital badges to students who attend our Scientific Computing and High Performance Computing workshops. In addition to participating in the workshop, students will need to complete tasks such as completing a short quiz and then writing a program outside of the workshop in order to qualify for a badge. We will be using Credly to create and issue badges. The digital badges are a way to recognize that students have achieved certain levels of competency in areas such as programming with Matlab, Mathematica and R, as well as in using the OpenMP multi-thread programming technique. Students will need to create an account on Credly in order to accept the badge, and can then display the badge on the platforms mentioned above.

Who will want to see these digital badges? Faculty, peers and even prospective employers can look at a student’s digital badges and get a sense of a student’s accomplishments outside the classroom. Each badge contains a description of what criteria the student had to meet in order to earn the badge as well as a link back to the evidence submitted by the student.

While we’re starting out on a small scale with this pilot, we can imagine many other areas where digital badges could be used, such as in our faculty development program and possibly in other administrative departments on campus.