We are starting a pilot study of RadGrad in Fall 2017 in the Department of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of Hawaii.
During the pilot study, we hope to register at least 100 students in RadGrad, and learn about any usability issues that hinder successful use of the technology by students, faculty, and advisors.
Amy Takayesu has completed her M.S. thesis, entitled: “RADGRAD: Using degree planning, social networking, and gamification to improve academic, professional, and social engagement during the undergraduate computer science degree experience”.
Abstract: A casual analysis of the Hawaii technology community site, TechHui, suggests that over the past decade, recent alumni and current undergraduates of the Information and Computer Science (ICS) program at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM) have experienced several problems with various academic, professional, and social aspects of their ICS experience. Existing degree planning systems such as STAR, Starfish by Hobsons, Blackboard Planner and Coursicle fail to provide the specific support that ICS students need to create a complete and comprehensive degree plan. Existing academic social networks such as LinkedIn, TechHui and Rate My Professors fail to connect students closely with professors and alumni. Current popular video games suggest that several gamification features could encourage ICS students to achieve higher goals. A new system called RadGrad combines degree planning, social networking, and gamification in a novel way that aims to give ICS undergraduates the support they need to succeed and redefines what it means to have a successful degree experience. The overall goal of this thesis is to justify the initial RadGrad system design and establish baseline values for future studies. A baseline student survey conducted in Spring 2017 reveals current and more detailed student perceptions on the academic, professional, and social aspects of the ICS degree experience prior to using RadGrad. These baseline results can be used in a future study to measure if RadGrad has had any effects on the students.
For the full text of the thesis, please see CSDL Techreport 17-05.
We are delighted that Amy has graduated, sorry to see her move on from the RadGrad team, and wish her the best in her future endeavors!
Amy Takayesu was invited to speak at the 2017 Booz Allen Ideas Festival in Honolulu, HI. She was the only student selected to present as part of the Ignite sessions.
Amy presented screenshots of the beta release of RadGrad, currently planned for usability evaluation during February, 2017. Reaction was very positive and we gained some useful insight from the talk. Many thanks to the organizers for providing us with this opportunity.
This fall, Philip Johnson, Cam Moore, Josephine Garces, Aljon Preza, and Amy Takayesu began work on the first production release of RadGrad.
Our first significant accomplishment is an update to the organization of the project. The RadGrad Manual is now the authoritative source for requirements, design, and documentation on the system.
Track our progress through the RadGrad repo.
The RadGrad Advisory Board, consisting of Philip Johnson, Henri Casanova, Michael-Brian Ogawa, Scott Robertson, and David Chin, held their first meeting on July 27, 2016. They discussed the direction of the project and plans for collecting baseline data on the ICS community during Fall, 2016.
The RadGrad team for Spring, 2016 has been formed. See the Team Page for the members.
We have also been hard at work on the Data Model, and an initial implementation is now available as a Meteor package.
Please contact Philip Johnson if you’d like to get involved.
The RadGrad project is starting up! Please contact Philip Johnson if you would like to be involved.
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