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DML Playlists Final Report with the Pittsburgh Galleries Project

DML Playlists Final Report with the Pittsburgh Galleries Project

Who were you addressing with your design objective?

The design objective was addressed to students interested in the art world with Avonworth High School’s Pittsburgh Galleries Project and to those interested in designing an exhibit for public consumption.

What are the three essential questions the field needs to answer to move learning playlist design and implementation forward?

Three essential questions the field needs to answer to move learning playlist design and implementation forward include: What currency can badges have for post-secondary institutions and employers? How can other students participate who are not part of the targeted audience? How can playlists be scaled locally, regionally, and nationally?

Have the goals for your project changed at all throughout the design process?

The goals for the Pittsburgh Galleries Project Museum Curated Playlist remained on target.  Students were able to complete in-person and digital experiences and document their learning throughout the process.

What did you learn through the design process? What would you do differently if you were to start over?

We learned that for the students it was the experiences themselves that they valued and not the platform or digital badge.  At times, logging information and artifacts seemed like extra work.  Our students are connected to the Google suite of apps and have passwords for multiple programs.  If we were to start over, we would like at ways to mesh or integrate the playlists into the students’ existing work and platforms.

What are the 3 most important things about designing your system or solution that you would share with another organization just getting started?

Three important lessons we learned about designing our system would be to make it simple, to listen to the users (students) for what they value, and communicate with parents about what the “Playlist Approach” is.  

What is left to do? What is left unanswered? What might help you continue to succeed?

What is left to do is to work with our peers, who see value in creating playlists and badging as a means to communicate learning outcomes to try give the badges currency through their high school transcripts.

What are the three essential questions the emerging field of connected learning playlist design needs to answer or make happen in order to move your work forward or scale it?

The main question, and one that is mentioned above, is how can we create currency or value with the playlists locally, regionally, and nationally?

What parts of the playlist platform technology are working well? What limitations are you experiencing?

We found the LRNG platform not user friendly at first, Changes have been made with the platform throughout the year, which has been good.  There are limitations with what can be posted for “duration,” and there is not flexibility to iterate once published.

What have you done, or do you plan to do, to evaluate the efficacy of your learning playlists in your community/communities?

We surveyed our students, and they like the idea of badges being sent out with their transcripts.  We will be working with a panel of admission officers from local universities and other schools to discuss how bading can grow locally.  We will also elicit feedback from parents.

What are the 3 main challenges to widespread adoption or scale of these learning playlists for your organization?

Our playlist was specific to the Pittsburgh Galleries Project and our partnering institutions.  It could be used as a model to be replicated in other cities or areas but not every city has the same types of resources.  Tims is another challenge. Someone has to evaluate and give feedback to the evidence that is presented.  Finally, we have to educate the community about the value of “Playlists” and badging.

What plans are in the works, or do you plan to put in the works in order to sustain your system?

In addition to our Galleries Project, we want to expand playlists and bading to our Personal Pathways Program, where students will explore their interests, talents, and passions to future careers.  We see great value in career readiness playlists.

How are you getting institutional buy-in, or adoption from your learners or other stakeholders?

We have reached out to other districts in our area about playlists and badging and have done some teacher-to-teacher sharing with one school about building career readiness-related playlists, including general career skills and industry specific skills.

What outreach strategies will you employ to communicate and support your playlists?

As mentioned above, we will be meeting with a panel of college admission counselors and work with schools, who are looking at playlists and badging as a means to communicate student learning.

How are you going to, or did you, incorporate the feedback from the workshop into your plans going forward?

We got many ideas from listening to how other institutions were building their playlists.

Have you budgeted adequately to materialize the design work you imagined?

We adequately budgeted for our design work and received great support from our partners with the Pittsburgh Galleries Project.

Is there anything else you would like to share with us about your progress?

The experience was a great one.  It was especially beneficial to learn from the other DML winners.



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