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Integrating Open Digital Badging Content in Collaborative Metaliteracy MOOCs

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Presenter(s)
Thomas P. Mackey (SUNY Empire State College & Office of Academic Affairs, USA)
Michele Forte (SUNY Empire State College, USA)
Kathleen Stone (SUNY Empire State College, USA)
Samuel Abramovich (University at Buffalo-SUNY, USA)
Session Information
October 16, 2015 - 9:30am
Track: 
Open, Global, Mobile
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Blended Program/Degree
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Practical Application
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Research Study
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Theory/Conceptual Framework
Institutional Level: 
Multiple Levels
Audience Level: 
All
Session Type: 
Information Session
Location: 
Asia 1
Session Duration: 
45 Minutes
Session: 
Concurrent Session 9
Abstract

Original digital badging content was integrated into Coursera and Canvas MOOC platforms to advance digital citizenship and metaliteracy learning objectives.

Extended Abstract

This presentation examines the outcomes of a grant-funded project by a collaborative team within the State University of New York (SUNY) to integrate competency-based digital badging within a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). The Metaliteracy Learning Collaborative includes colleagues from SUNY Empire State College, the University at Albany, SUNY, and the University at Buffalo, SUNY. This cross-institutional team received a competitive Innovative Instruction Technology Grant (IITG) as part of the Open SUNY initiative to integrate digital badging within Coursera, leading to the development of a MOOC entitled Metaliteracy: Empowering Yourself in a Connected World (https://www.coursera.org/course/metaliteracy).
While the Coursera MOOC allowed for the integration of repurposed digital badging content created by members of the same team, it did not allow for digital badges to be earned within the same environment. This limitation of the Coursera interface inspired a second related MOOC project in the Canvas Network entitled Empowering Yourself as a Digital Citizen.

The development of two MOOC projects related to metaliteracy, a concept originated by the two PI's Mackey and Jacobson (2011; 2014), provided a novel context for pushing the boundaries of X-MOOC spaces, and expanding the potential for collaboratively produced open content at the intersection of digital badging and MOOCs. The expansion of the metaliteracy learning objectives, with contributions by co-PI's Forte and Stone (2013; 2014), emphasized digital citizenship as a key part of the evolving metaliteracy model that could be applied in a unique digital badging site and two MOOCs.

This project inspired two IRB-approved research studies about learner motivation in MOOC environments; preliminary results of each study will be introduced. The studies are based on the notorious, high dropout rates among most MOOCs and unpack whether motivation is an independent predictor of performance within a MOOC. Further, one of the ascribed benefits of digital badges is increasing motivation to learn. Consequently, the studies allow for comparing the Coursera MOOC and the Canvas MOOC, looking for potential impact on motivation and performance based on the inclusion of badges as a key assessment for Metaliteracy.

Participants at this session will learn about effective MOOC design in both Coursera and Canvas Network spaces, including the development of videos, animation, and multimedia, and the relation to text information and open content. Attendees will also gain essential insights about achieving ADA compliance in these environments, and how to leverage distinct platform resources while overcoming potential interface barriers to create learner-centered and participatory environments. Related topics will include a discussion of peer assessments in both X-MOOC spaces, and how combine competency-based digital badging with structured MOOC modules.

Lead Presenter

Vice Provost for Academic Programs in the Office of Academic Affairs at SUNY Empire State College. Published co-authored book with Trudi E. Jacobson Metaliteracy: Reinventing Information Literacy to Empower Learners in 2014 and their forthcoming edited book Metaliteracy in Practice to be published in 2016. They also published the article "Reframing Information Literacy as a Metaliteracy" (2011) in College & Research Libraries, as well as several edited books about faculty-librarian collaboration, and research articles. This presentation includes several members of the Metaliteracy Learning Collaborative that have been involved in the development of the metaliteracy learning goals and objectives (available at Metaliteracy.org) and the design of three metaliteracy MOOCs. This team is currently working on several research articles based on this work.