The Penn State Badging platform can be found at: https://badgesapp.psu.edu. You can log into the badging platform using your Penn State ID (or friends of Penn State account), Twitter, Google +, or Facebook. Once you enter the badging platform, do a search for CMES, which stands for the Collaborative Music Education Series. This will bring up all five badges associated with this project.
If you elect to start a friend of Penn State account, please go to https://fps.psu.edu/. Once there, you click on the Create an FPS account in the top bar and follow the instructions.
How you select which badge to do is up to you. Creating, Performing, Responding, and Connecting are all independent badges that have no prerequisites. The CMES Core Arts Standards meta badge requires that you first complete all four other badges. You may wish to return to the home page and look through individual media to find projects that sparks your interest. Or, you might use the clickable links listed on each of the themed badges to explore the kinds of projects that will qualify for badging.
Once you have selected the badge you would like to earn, you can find it under the Arts and Architecture tab. When you click it from the available badges list and it will be moved to your dashboard and placed in a queue for when you are ready to begin. When you click on the badge from your queue, it will open and lead you through the steps required to earn the badge. If you need to leave the badging platform before completing your badge, don’t worry! All uploaded or entered content will remain on the platform until you return. This allows you to work at your own pace.
Once you have uploaded all of the evidence required for the badge, which are three of your self-selected projects, it will be sent to an evaluator for review. Experienced music educators who work or study at universities that participate in this project will evaluate the evidence. Work is evaluated using rubrics. Your work will be evaluated on quality, depth of knowledge, demonstration of knowledge, and your ability to professionally address the requirements of the activities. Evaluation is a human process that takes time and may include the possibility of requested revisions to your work.
Written badges will be evaluated using the following rubric.
|Interpretation||Answers are mostly correct and demonstrate excellent comprehension. Opinions are always fully justified.||Answers are often correct and demonstrate good comprehension. Opinions are adequately justified.||Answers are occasionally correct and demonstrate an incomplete comprehension of the topic. Opinions are sometimes justified.||Answers do not reflect accurate comprehension of the topic(s). Opinions are unjustified.|
|Detail||Answers are mostly complete, extensive, and include many details.||Answers are usually complete and include several details.||Answers contain some details.||Answers lack the required detail or are incomplete.|
|Use of Information||Answers mostly include supporting evidence from the text/lesson when necessary. Quotations or paraphrases are often included in answers.||Answers usually include supporting evidence from the text/lesson when necessary. Quotations or paraphrases are sometimes included.||Answers include occasional supporting evidence from the text when necessary.||Answers do not include supporting evidence from the text when necessary.|
|Clarity||Answers are very easy to understand. They are clear and concise.||Answers are always easy to understand.||Answers are sometimes understandable, but need to be more to the point.||Answers are difficult to understand.|
|Mechanics||Conventional spelling and grammar is mostly correct.||Conventional spelling and grammar is usually correct.||Work contained several spelling and grammatical errors.||Work contained many spelling and grammatical errors.|
Performance based badges will be evaluated using the following rubric.
|Interpretation||Performance demonstrates excellent comprehension. Musical decisions are always fully justified.||Performance demonstrates good comprehension. Musical decisions adequately justified.||Performance demonstrates an incomplete comprehension of the topic. Musical decisions are sometimes justified.||Performance does not reflect accurate comprehension of the topic(s). Musical decisions are unjustified.|
|Use of Information||Performance mostly includes supporting evidence from the video as necessary.||Performance usually includes supporting evidence from the video when necessary.||Performance includes occasional supporting evidence from the video when necessary.||Performance does not include supporting evidence from the video when necessary.|
|Mechanics||Musical mechanics are mostly correct.||Musical mechanics are usually correct.||Musical mechanics show some errors.||Musical mechanics are not appropriate or accurate and contain many errors.|