The adoption of progress tools, either one or more of these available tools, should be used to help you and your students stay motivated and on track, and yet provide opportunities for targeted support. Consider the five stage process below for each progress tool.
Planning to use digital badges, completion progress block, activity completion tracking and restrict access should be considered to be provide students with an interactive and visual method of motivating participation in your class, using the online (FLO) platform as a mechanism for charting progress.
Digital badges consider:
how may digital badges be used in your topic? - What 'stages' do you want to create in a student's journey through your topic? Are there layers? Are the badges skill based or knowledge based?
how will the visual appeal of the badge encourage users? - What visual element will you use for your creating badges? How will you create them? Visual appeal is an important component in using digital badges as a motivator.
which activities/resources are required to measure a student's completion of a module or topic or success at demonstrating a skill? Can these be automated or do they require manual measuring?
can digital badges be integrated with other motivation methods, such as progress bars? Research shows that a combination of methods will motivate a greater range of individuals.
organise with your eLearning support team to activate badges in your topic. Currently, digital badges do not roll from semester to semester.
how will you communicate with your students about the use of digital badges? It is important to communicate with your students about the role of the digital badges, as they are immediately visible as they must be earned.
Completion progress block consider:
for self-directed learning of a new topic or module or series of tasks;
for enabling self-paced tracking in a topic and/or module;
to provide students with guided requirements for learning activity(ies) and resources;
for targeting preparation for assessment or class attendance.
Activity completion consider:
Theactivity completioncan be used to track student's access and completion status of all activities or resources which have this feature enabled. Consider:
what should you provide students the ability to track using this feature?
will they be manual ticks or automated ticks of completion - or both?
how often will you monitor the students progress?
what expected interventions will you use?
Restrict access consider:
what do you need to restrict and why?
are you using groups, previous activities or dates to restrict access?
how will you communicate this to your students?
Describe readiness to continue. [You have planned your topic. Now you are ready to set up.]
Using progress settings in your FLO should be attempted at a level that does not impact student success.
Communicate with your students what progress tools are available and how they may be used to enhance their learning.
It is recommended that you use the progress tools (defined as digital badges, progress block and activity completion settings) for a student-focused purpose, whilst making use of the reporting feature for informing best learning and teaching practices.
It is advisable that students or other teaching staff are consulted following the use of the feature(s) to ensure a review of their use is conducted at least once a year.