A great way to motivate and change behavior for the better is to reward positive behavior, instead of penalizing what may be perceived as bad behavior. In education, some examples include awarding points for attendance, participating during class, or completing bonus work, and students are given the choice to earn these points.
If you're considering tying a reward to Flipd this semester, here are four successful ways to do it:
1. Export student data to CSV
In order to award points for using Flipd, it's recommended that you export this data to CSV. From your Flipd Dashboard, open the class, select Student Data, and then Export to CSV on the top right.
Many instructors share this information with their students more than once during the semester. It helps them stay on track of the Flipd Minutes and Attendance.
2. Award Points for Flipd Minutes out of Total Class Time
A popular way to award points in Flipd is to divide the total Flipd minutes the student achieved by the total class time, in order to produce a percentage, which can then be applied to the credit that you have allocated toward Flipd.
For example, if 12 classes in a semester are 50 minutes long, and Hillary spent 450 minutes Flipd Off that semester, then that student achieved 75% worth of Flipd credits. If Flipd is worth 15 credits toward their final grade, then Hillary earned 11.25 points.
12 classes x 50 mins. = 600 mins.
450 Flipd mins. / 600 Class mins. = 0.75
0.75 x 15 points = 11.25 points
3. Set Benchmarks in "Buckets"
One educator who uses Flipd to reinforce positive behavior and shape habits is Dr. Alicia Drais-Parrillo, a leading psychology professor at Pennsylvania State University. She encourages her students to use Flipd each class in order to achieve a spot in a "bucket" that is worth a fixed amount of points.
Using the same example above, the buckets might look like:
200 - 350 minutes = 5 points
350 - 500 minutes = 10 points
500 minutes or more = 15 points
By using buckets, students may find it easier to reach a benchmark, and it also gives students room to use Flipd for 10 out of 12 classes and achieve still all of the points.
4. Tie Flipd to Attendance
Flipd works best when using it to track engagement as well as attendance. If you're using Flipd this way, it's encouraged to group all of these points together, in order to more easily export and calculate the data at the end of your semester.
For example, if you would like to award 10 points for attendance, and 10 points for Flipd minutes, then you can easily do so with the Flipd data collected throughout the semester. Let's say your course is 25 lectures that are each 60 minutes long — total class time is therefore 1,500 minutes. Hillary uses Flipd for a total of 450 minutes, but checked in with attendance for all 25 lectures. That means Hillary only spent 30% of class time Flipd Off, but achieved 100% attendance. In this scenario, the student would earn 13 out of 20 points.
Flipd Minutes: 450 mins. / 1500 class mins. = 0.3 x 10 available points = 3 points
Attendance: 25 classes / 25 classes = 1 x 10 available points = 10 points
Total Flipd points earned = 13 out of 20
5. Use a Leaderboard to Motivate the Class
If you'd rather not award points for Flipd, another way to encourage student engagement is with a healthy competition and gamifying your classroom. With Flipd, you can keep track of your classes on the in-app Leaderboard, and you can let students know who's in the top 5, 10, 20, and so on. Instead of bonus points here, you can motivate students with a winning prize or a shared goal.
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